Words hold great power. They are the symbols of life, of language, of all that we know and feel. They give expression to our lives, our souls, our deepest longings and strongest emotions. The skill of using the right words is a potent force.
The power of language to define or wound cannot be denied. All of us know expressions that demean based on race and gender or mental health. I once heard a surly neighbor call my father a cripple. Unkind language keeps narrow-minded attitudes alive.
Right now, I need to stop and listen to the story that is taking shape for you, day by day. Right now I can support you best by being with you, not doing for you. Right now I can ask more questions and give less advice.
Just like any self-improvement, there are small steps you can take to get on the right path. And the road to a more positive self-talk begins with going on a diet from these four words: should, have to, can't, and never.
Ephesians 4:29 says, "Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say." There are words that need to be spoken consistently and when they are they can have a great impact on your life.
Do we use words that may wedge clients away from
us or use words that attract clients towards us. Do we inspire through our words and
actions or do we complain and mope around like the average person would?
In the interest of our own physical health, it's time to step away from post-election hysteria. Where does one begin? Going back to Lao-Tze's tenet, it starts with language: both what we tell ourselves and the words we use to communicate to others.