Have you ever noticed that a particular word that makes you smile might make another person cringe? Similar to how the smell of wet grass after a spring rain might make some people feel light hearted while others are thinking allergies. Words are powerful and when used to your benefit, such as affirmative words, they can be used to lift you up. Used to your detriment such as ‘that was dumb, I failed, you were wrong, etc., etc.” are equally powerful and can continue to hold you down.
Certainly a positive word is Joy. And I often accentuate that word when given a chance. EnJOY your day. Have a JOYous day, etc. I even have it written on my bathroom wall I like it so much. A good friend of mine is named Joy. Another good friend is Jim who has quite the sense of humor. When he visits, he wants to know where his name is on my bathroom wall and often signs his emails EnJIM. He jokingly cringes at Joy and smiles at Jim, so it just shows you words are a personal choice. I have so much fun with the Joy/Jim conversation and often laugh a lot due to it.
The importance and power of words is what it means to you personally. A word that may have a negative connotation to me might bring a smile to your face. So pick words that make you happy, smile, laugh, giggle, smirk, and simply elevate your spirits to your highest good.
Quotes of the Week:
“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~ Mother Teresa
“Perhaps you will forget the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.”
~ Dale Carnegie
“Words are the key to the heart.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seeds of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
~ Napoleon Hill
AFFIRMATION: I am gentle with myself and with others.
For the next week, I invite you to:
Be aware of your self talk. Do you choose words that lift you up? Or do you use words that perhaps bring you down?
Become aware of how you talk about situations in your life? How often do you say things are ‘hard, impossible, tough, etc’?
Reframe those situations from hard situations to opportunities to expand your consciousness.
Celebrate the positive words you catch yourself saying as being aware of them will help make that your natural self talk.
Celebrate the times you catch yourself with negative self talk as awareness allows you to shift into a positive state.
Mostly, I invite you to choose words that let you show the world how truly amazing you are. Choose words that are gentle, kind, loving, care free, hopeful, trusting, empowering, beautiful, amazing, and simply make you smile.
Until next week, have a Carolful kind of week.