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Be Conscious of Your Words

November 7, 2021
by TammyS | For Seniors


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Words carry power and can hurt or heal the person they are directed toward.  And some words can have more impact than others.

So how can words affect others?  The words we use in our daily life are charged with energy, some more than others according to the way we each relate to them.  Words can hurt or they can heal and, heard often enough, may become one’s personal reality.

Currently, in the world which we live, social media and freedom of speech allow some people to believe they are allowed to say and post anything they wish, even if those words are hateful. 

Words are a very powerful force that is available to all of us and that we can choose to use either constructively or destructively.  The old adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me” is a true misnomer.  Words can absolutely hurt someone.  Conversely, they can also heal and be constructive.

Daily OM tells us that, “The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the words we use so that we speak from a place of actually feeling what we are saying. We begin to recognize that words are not abstract, disconnected entities used only to convey meaning; they are powerful transmitters of feeling. For the next few days, you might want to practice noticing how the words you say and hear affect your body and your emotional state. Notice how the different communication styles of the people in your life make you feel.  Also, watch closely to see how your own words come out and what affect they have on the people around you.”  “We are free to speak and act, but we are not free from the consequences of what we say and do. We might not care about those consequences, or we might not agree that those consequences are justified, but they nonetheless have costs that we all pay.”

Words have energy and power with the ability to help, hurt, hamper, restore, injure, embarrass, degrade, and humiliate.  Most of us can remember a time when someone said something to us that really impacted our self-worth.  Maybe it was a compliment that made us feel good about ourselves.  Or, it could have been a negative conveyance that hurt us, but either way, it stuck with us.

How can words be constructive?  When you speak words of comfort, love, kindness or encouragement to someone, those words have the power to affect them in a positive way that results in increased mental and/or physical well-being.

How will your words impact someone today?

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