GOOD MORNING MONDAY –
AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning 😊 It is Monday once again! How was your weekend? I hope you took time to enjoy the last weekend of September. Today is October 1 – we are beginning to experience the beauty of Fall. Let’s “Fall in Love with Life” today. Be grateful for another day. Be grateful that you get another 24 hours. How will you show up for this miracle that is called, “Life”? It is in your hands. You are in the driver’s seat. No matter what life throws your way today, you get to choose your response. “Live the life you’ve imagined” (Thoreau).
Words have power. Everything begins with a word. Words impact your life. Words consist of vibration and sound. These vibrations create the very reality that surrounds you. Words are the creator of your universe. Remember: the thoughts you think and the words you speak create your experiences and your reality; thus, your world. Therefore, choose your thoughts and your words wisely.
Recently, I came across an ancient, oriental fable by Hsien-Sheng Lang about the power of the word that illustrates this concept. It teaches about the power of words and the impact they have on you. It is called,
“The Fable of the Deaf Frog”
A group of frogs were traveling through the forest when suddenly two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs in the hole that, for practical purposes, they were taken for dead. The two frogs ignored the comments of their friends and kept trying to jump out of the pit with all their might. The others continued to insist that their efforts would be futile.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying and gave up. He collapsed and died. The other frog continued to jump as high as she could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled and beckoned to her to stop suffering because, simply, she was about to die, and it was in vain to keep fighting.
But, the frog continued to jump with increasing force until finally she managed to get out of the hole. When she came out, the other frogs said to her, “we are glad that you made it out despite what we screamed.” The frog explained to them that she was deaf, and she thought they were encouraging her to try harder to get out of the hole. 😊
Moral: Words cannot change reality; but they can change how you perceive reality. Words can have life-giving or life-draining power. One destructive word you say to yourself or others can have negative outcomes; yet, encouraging words you say to yourself or others can be a life-giving force.
Remember the children’s rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We know this adage is empty and untrue. Our world is woven of words and they do make a difference whether you are saying them to yourself or to others.
Your tongue has the power to build or destroy. Words can heal or hurt. Words can encourage or destroy. The power you have when you speak is significant. There is a saying, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Your words can be life changing and mountain moving; not only for yourself, but also for others.
What can you learn from this? If your words and thoughts are the very tools with which you create your reality, then they are a very powerful tool. So, pick the very best thoughts and words (said to yourself or others) to create your very best reality. Ok; then, how do you get started? Here are some ideas:
Choose your words wisely – Practice improved self-awareness over the words you use to describe yourself and your life. Be conscious of the thoughts you are thinking; be conscious of the words you are speaking. Rid yourself of negative words. Next time you catch yourself about to use negative words, regain control and frame your word choices. This will have a much more positive impact on your mind, life and world.
Be an observer – When you enter a room do you bring energy to the room or suck it out of the room? Observe what happens when others enter the room. Be aware and listen for the tones being used when people address each other. Listen to the words they use. Are they affirming or not? Watch how people react and respond to the word choices. Listen for the words that are used. Notice how the words are being received by others. What words are you using? How are people reacting to your words and communication? Do your words inspire or make others flinch?
Think before you speak – The next time you open your mouth ask yourself: a) why am I about to say this, and b) how is this going to serve me, my happiness or others? Choose your words bravely, consciously and lovingly. If you speak from a place of love for yourself, life and others you will create a better world for yourself and those around you.
There is an old saying, “you catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.” Think about the words you speak today and every day. Will they inspire?
Have a GREAT week. Take Care.