The Power of Our Words

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The Power of Our Words

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from a cartoon rabbit 🙂 Well, maybe Thumper wasn’t the first  to coin the phrase, but I do like his delivery:

Thumper’s wisdom reminds us of the power of the words we choose to speak. Learning to verbally express ourselves in a way that conveys respect and kindness for ourselves and others is a very worthwhile undertaking.  It’s not always easy, to be sure! ?

I recently read a Huffington Post article titled The Power of Spoken Words. Very interesting read.  One part in particular I liked was this:

Gary Chapman in his book, Love as a Way of Life uses the vivid metaphor for words as being either ‘bullets or seeds’. If we use our words as bullets with a feeling of superiority and condemnation, we are not going to be able to restore a relationship to love. If we use our words as seeds with a feeling of supportiveness and sincere good will, we can rebuild a relationship in positive and life-affirming ways.

Bullets or seeds–great visual to remember as we send our words out into the world! What sort of presence are we hoping to be in the world? What we say (and what we do) is how we share that presence.

I have mentioned the term benevolent presence before in previous posts (or somewhere :)). That’s what I would like to be. And the words I choose to speak play a primary role in whether or not I am that.

It’s funny, as I sit here typing, a seemingly contradictory quote–that I also like–comes to mind 🙂

 “What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I guess this fits with what I said above about our presence in the world being both what we say and what we do. Which is really common sense, after all 😛 So I am not writing this to tell you something you don’t already know! But more just to remind you that our words do matter.

So go out there and say nice things and be nice –to yourself and to those you meet!

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