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The Power of (Your) Words

9/7/2011 1:14:47 AM

Words have incredible power. They can be uplifting or destructive. They can be true or false. They can stay solely with the person with whom you’ve communicated or go in a million different directions outside of your control. This is especially true if you express them in an email, Facebook®, Twitter®, or text. Words also reveal much about our character—especially when we talk about someone who is not present. They speak to our trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, and respect.

In the past few years, some horrific tragedies have occurred among young people when they were publicly ridiculed through gossip, texts, or social media sites. Some of these even resulted in suicide. So much heartache—all caused by the power of words—used heartlessly and irresponsibly.

One way to demonstrate impeccable character is to only say things about other people that you wouldn’t mind them overhearing. Try it even for a week and you’ll be amazed by how this affects your choice of words. You’ll be admired by others for your tact, restraint, and uplifting spirit! And, if you can get others to join you, it might be the beginning of a wonderful movement in our culture! Are you up for it?
 



What are some ways you’ve helped build a positive culture of words
in your classroom, school, family, workplace, or community?


Tagged as: relationships, communication, life skills, words

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Comments On The Power of (Your) Words

Mary Reichard - 9/9/2011 2:50:37 PM
Dennis, your suggestion to speak for a week as though you were being overheard reminds me of something. There is a magnet on my fridge that says, "Always act as though Aunt Bee is watching you." (I'm an Andy Griffith Show fan.) Not bad advice!
As far as ways to build a positive culture of words, I've started looking for ways to speak up when PC talk is being bantered about as though there are no other viewpoints. Christians stay silent because we are taught to be polite, but there is a gulf between staying silent and therefore complicit in spreading a lie and telling the truth with compassion. So my way to building up a positive culture is to practice speaking up where in the past I might have stayed silent in order to not offend anyone.

Reply by Dennis Trittin - 2/23/2012 9:33:28 PM
Thanks Mary! Respectfully sharing the truth is the surefire way to go.
Cheers,
Dennis


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