I almost forgot to BLOG TODAY! I can’t believe it myself!
So I was rushing to think of what I should blog about today and settled on a topic I thought had affected me a great deal in my life, and that is the power of our tongue to build and break down.
I’m currently reading “Nineteen Minutes”, by Jodi Picoult. The cover has a boy and girl holding hands, leading all my friends to “ohh and ahhh” asking me “so what’s THAT about?” jokingly, and it gave me a sick pleasure to say nonchalantly,”..oh THIS book, well its about a school shooting!”
I know , I KNOW! I sound like such a horrible person but that IS what the book is about, and its actually VERY good!
One idea that stuck out the most in this book to me was the power of words, the power they had to break down people and reduce them to nothing.
I remember a while back my naive self opened up a formspring out of boredom. I expected mean comments but I always thought of myself as a strong person, SO I never expected anything that would truly upset me.
Boy was I wrong.
Someone commented on a mistake I made 2 years back and it left me feeling horrible, as if “forgiveness” was an attribute too worthy to be attained by myself.
It broke me down. [That may be a TAD dramatic, but you catch my drift!] Words have this power to break people to reduce them, to hurt them. But with the same token they can build, they can empower, they can guide and give hope to the hopeless.
I remember I was very upset one afternoon , and what seemed to make it worse was the fact that my birthday was the very next day. I was so upset I decided I was done with giving my “100%” into everything I did. I wanted to pack up and move and just start all over again, I wanted to be a coward. Luckily someone’s word had the power to help me. They sent me a facebook message and consoled me and brought me from feeling horrible, to great.
Something I only recently realized is that when people try to bring you down, they only win when you LET them bring you down.
Today’s message is to think before you speak [ I NEED that message in my own life!]. AND that there will always be people who will hate you, even for no reason, all you have to do is be the best version of yourself that you can be and not let them hurt you!
Listen to the word of Eleanor Roosevelt “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
And remember the power of your own word in other lives! You have the power to build or break people, its all you choice!
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
See you tomorrow,