Have you ever stopped to consider how powerful our words can be? Everything that we say can have a huge impact on other people and even ourselves. Just one little word or phrase can heal a person’s life or it can destroy it. When we use words that are kind, loving and supportive we can lift people up and make them feel good. On the other hand, when we say words that are mean, nasty and vindictive we can tear people down and make them feel bad.
Think about words that people say to you:
- When you felt lonely and a family member said something loving to you, how did it make you feel?
- When you were feeling down and a friend said something encouraging, did it lift you up?
- When you were having a bad day at work and your boss told you that you did a good job, did your day go better?
Remember those times when a family member spoke to you in anger or someone at work criticized something you did or a friend told you they were too busy to have coffee with you. How did those words make you feel?
We should always be careful with our words and choose them carefully. Don’t let unkind, careless or cruel words come out of your mouth. Think before you speak especially when you are stressed, tired, angry or upset. Those are times when even the nicest person can be thoughtless and let words slip out that should never be spoken.
Saying unkind words to ourselves is also a bad thing. We can be very cruel to ourselves, speaking words we have heard other people say to us or about us. We need to challenge our self-talk and make sure we are not hurting ourselves with our own words. What other people say is only a reflection of who they are and not who we are. We believe a lot of things that are just not true.
We need to understand how powerful our words are and make sure we use them to lift people up, encourage them, support them and show our love.