Chapter Seven | Live and Love Intentionally | The Power of Words
One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Jason Mraz. He has such a unique style of writing, singing and musical talent. He understands The Power of Words and uses words wisely to convey brilliant messages through song. Here's a wonderful example of Jason's work taken from his song entitled, You and I Both:
"See I'm all about them words Over numbers, unencumbered numbered words Hundreds of pages, pages, pages for words More words than I had ever heard And I feel so alive"
Every single day we are all blitzed with words; thousands of words actually. Think about how it all hits us: television, texting, radio, talking, reading, emailing, lyrics and songs, conversations, billboards and advertisements, movies, tweets and so on...
We cannot escape words.
I once heard that "words do not teach humans, it is the application of the spoken word, in the form of action/behavior, that truly teaches humans." I do believe this to be true to some degree.
Words help to convey and connect with one another. They help us to know each other's thoughts and feelings and words shape how we all think, feel and believe. A belief is simply a thought that you keep thinking. Change your words, change our thoughts, change our beliefs.
Words are incredibly powerful. Let's dive deeper . . .
Over the next 24 hours, I challenge you to speak positive words. Fill each conversation with kind words and compliments. Observe how this exercise goes for you and how things change and feel around you.
Words build bridges and break hearts. They can provide hope or take away peace. Words can be poisonous or glorious.
Kind words are happy deposits in the emotional bank accounts we all have with others that we all know in our lives. Using powerful word combinations like these - Yes, Please, I love you, Thank you, I appreciate you, I am proud of you, What do you think?, How do you feel?, What do you want? - can make our day. They are sure to uplift us and others and bring bright smiles, warm hearts and beautiful faces.
Take the 24 hour challenge!
Unkind words are toxic withdrawals in the emotional bank accounts we all have with others that we all know in our lives. These words may harm and hurt. They can be evil and painful and they can be quite dangerous.
The types of words that are most dangerous include words that are cruel, offensive, dishonest, confusing, foolish, insensitive, arrogant, close-minded, empty, divisive and abusive. (...to name a few.)
Tongues can quickly become brutal weapons and cause harm and destruction. As we all know, most people, after a customer service experience, are more inclined to find a manager to offer words to complain or explain what went wrong in their interaction with staff, rather than words of praise and acclaim when service experiences are exceptional.
We've all heard the statistic - After a bad experience, people will tell 11 other people, after a good experience, people will tell 3 other people.
Unkind words may cause families to divide, relationships to break, communities to become at odds, countries may collide, churches could split and towns rival.
By simply taking the path of least resistance and going with the flow, conflict could be resolved with kinder words, positive feelings, love and good intentions.
We can all think of a time we wished we'd kept quiet; because we know that once words are spoken, they cannot be taken back.
As you begin to pay attention to your words, remember that in order to see beautiful faces, bright smiles, sparkling eyes, happy expressions, and joy, take time to consider your thoughts and speak beautiful words.
Words have great power and Mother said it best, "Think before you speak young man."
Live and Love Intentionally is a series of chapters in a blog series where we explore all the ways in which we can live and love intentionally. It's through the contrast that life brings our way that we learn what we do not want and what we do want. Each day is significant and it matters how we approach it. Take a moment to check out the seven different chapters in this series on www.iloveureka.com | Life Lessons, Celebrate With Joy, Pay Attention, Know Yourself, Relax, Nurture Peace, The Power of Words.