Words are life in themselves. They can spur a person into action, or make a person utterly immovable. They are the evidence of one’s action, and the denial of it as well.
You’ve heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”.
Well, that is absolutely incorrect. Words matter. Jeff Goins writes an excellent article on this, so I shall not reiterate on this point.
Instead, I couldn’t help but imagine a world where everyone used words to build each other up, instead of tearing them down (as we are so often used to doing). Sounds like a dream – but just imagine that for a while. Wouldn’t that world be a smiley, happy place?
Words have value that surpasses what one can imagine. Who knows what effect a kind word or two would have on a person who is down in the dumps? No price tag can be placed on that – so imagine how much “richer” you would make someone if you would encourage that person instead of “robbing” him with discouraging words?
This is a simple message, but in our world today, a hard one: Choose to say nice words to the people around you today. Consider your words before you spout off. Even if you have something negative to say, phrase it in an edifying and encouraging manner instead of putting the person down straight.
Choose to be a source of inspiration and love, instead of yet another reason to stay in bed in the morning.
Thank the old lady who cleaned your table – make her day.
Say sorry to the person who bumped into you on the train.
Strike up a conversation with the toilet cleaner – and tell him or her what a good job he or she is doing.
Make a difference, one word at a time.