The life we live today is as a result of the choices and decisions made yesterday. This could be in the thoughts we think, the words we speak and the actions we take. The words we speak are not just mere words; they have within them the power to create.
Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed. Abraham Joshua Herschel
In Christianity, it is believed that the world was spoken into existence. God said “let there be” and there was. Being made in his image, I believe we have the same power to speak things into existence.
Thoughts > Words> Actions
Our words, thoughts, and actions, all work together in making us who we are. We cannot separate our words from our thoughts and actions. What we think, we speak. What we speak we do and our actions determine the course of our lives.
Consider the sayings of Frank Outlaw “Watch your thoughts, they become words;watch your words, they become actions;watch your actions, they become habits;watch your habits, they become character;watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
I believe that not all thoughts should manifest into words; always keeping in mind that what starts out as words end up forming destinies. we must learn to be silent. This could be very difficult at times; so difficult that it hurts, you just want to give a piece of your mind but at what expense? I have realized that it takes more strength to be quiet when you have much to say than to speak. Our words have the power to shape lives.
The Atmosphere Of Words
Have you ever been in conversation with someone and spoke the wrong words or your words were taken out of context? Did you realize the change in the atmosphere ?— The uneasiness in the room with you trying to explain yourself or maybe the feeling of embarrassment, wanting to run or hide just to escape the moment? This happens because the words you speak can create an atmosphere for change to take place. Whether it be positive or negative words.
When we speak positive words the atmosphere becomes conducive for positive things to happen and when we speak negative words the atmosphere also becomes conducive for negative things to happen.
Letting Your Emotions Control Your Words
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We are emotional beings by nature, our emotions are an important part of our lives — it is what we do with them that can create problems. It is totally OK to feel angry, lonely, sad or hurt sometimes but what’s more important is our response to those feelings.
Sometimes, we don’t always give thoughts to our words or actions. We focus mainly on how we feel forgetting that feelings pass but words spoken last’s forever. Lately, I’ve been learning to be more intentional in my speech; I try to speak less and listen more, this has made me more aware and mindful of my surroundings.
Never speak out of anger, Never act out of fear, Never choose from impatience, But wait… and peace will appear.- Guy Finley
Those who master their emotions by being more aware and cautious of their words, thoughts and actions can truly master their lives. Live(think, speak and do) based on what you want to see and not what your current situation looks like”. I try to live by this principle. It is not an easy principle to live by because as humans we are inclined to live based on what we see. This has truly helped my growth as an individual.
Your Words Can Preserve Or Destroy
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What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.”-Proverbs 18:21 GNB
To preserve is to keep alive, intact or free form decay and to destroy is to put out of existence.
Your words can keep alive or put out of existence your destiny.
Your words can keep alive or put out of existence your relationships.
Sometimes we say things we don’t even mean without thinking of the consequences. If everything you said happened immediately, what impact would that have on your speech?; I always try to keep this in mind. The consequences of our words don’t always manifest immediately but it does eventually. My destiny and relationships are important to me and I particularly don’t like the feeling I get after saying something I shouldn’t have.
The word Sorry is not a pain reliever. Saying sorry doesn’t always make the pain and hurt caused by our words and actions go away. It makes no sense to keep apologizing for behaviors we have no intention of changing. I am realizing that the best apology you could ever give is a change in behavior.
We have not only hurt others with our words, but we’ve hurt ourselves also. We hurt ourselves by saying things like — I would never make it, I am no good, I hate myself, I am never going to be good at this. Saying things like this only sinks you deeper into the hole of depression. we have to align our words with the vision we have of ourselves.
Though our current situations might not be what we want, speaking positive words over our lives and those around us can take us from where we are to where we are meant to be. I know sometimes it feels like you just can’t help yourself but in reality, you can you just choose not to. You alone possess the power to change your life. You’re not going always going to get it right but that should never stop you from trying. Speak life over yourself and those around you. Your future self will thank you.
Thanks for reading.