Would you ever walk around deliberately throwing pointed darts at people, hitting them with a club, or punching them in the gut? Of course not! In fact, if we did, we’d likely get arrested! Yet everyday people are equally, if not more, careless with the words they choose to launch at others.
Words are interesting because they don’t have any preference on how or for what purpose they are used. They are amoral and only become positive or negative based solely on how we choose to wield them.
Look at the contrast between the attributes of positive and negative words:
|Positive Words||Negative Words|
Our words have an impact on people, especially on those closest to us. And though they can be positive or negative, they are often not soon forgotten.
This underscores the importance of the awareness we should possess regarding the words we use and how we’re treating others with them. Are we being careless with our words or are we using them to encourage and edify others? If we could see a visual representation of the words we’re delivering to others would they resemble sticks, darts, clubs, and stones, or would they look more like a smile, a pat on the back, a high-five, and a hug?
We do have a choice regarding the words we use. They leave our lips wrapped in our intentions. Let’s intention to deliver positive words that bless others versus cursing them. When we do, we’ll likely notice that the words we receive from others are kind and positive as well.