Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.Yehuda Berg
We can use our words for compassion and good will, and to shine light and love and encouragement in someone’s life. We can also use our words to spread evil, create doubt and insecurity and attempt to block or dim the light in others. Now, while we can’t control what others say to us or about us, we do have the power to control what we say, or don’t say, in return.
Words, once spoken, are out there. You can’t take them back. If said to hurt or harm, the damage may be forgiven but rarely forgotten.
I love the old-time idiom “Bite your tongue!”. This wise metaphor is a powerful tool when we’re tempted to defend ourselves, get even or to spread pessimism or unpleasantries. While biting your tongue you can’t say anything and in the spur of the moment, most likely, you shouldn’t. It’s not like we don’t continue to think what we’d like to say, but we learn to hold it back, preventing unnecessary and unwanted pain. It’s proof we’re learning the lesson.
Gary Chapman uses a metaphor in his book, Love as a Way of Life, that words can be “bullets or seeds”. The question that begs to be answered is which one do you spread?
When in doubt, if you think what you’re about to say may be misinterpreted, misunderstood, mistaken, or may cause suffering… do yourself and everyone around you a favor, and “Bite your tongue!”. ❤
Keep it Simple,