YOUR TONGUE IS A WEAPON
Have you ever heard the phrase, “the words we speak are life?” Do you use your words to kill or to save people? Did you know it’s the human body’s most dangerous and sharpest organ? Your tongue is a weapon, and a very powerful one. Tie your tongue up. Keep an eye out. Follow your intuition.
The way a person speaks reveals a lot about his personality. If you want to know if someone is well-mannered or cultured, listen to how he speaks. This weapon evolves over time, but it remains small and mostly hidden. It’s bumpy, pink, and slick, but it can be pulled out and stowed in the blink of an eye. Every day, your tongue produces thousands of words, each of which has the power to harm or heal, to harm or to help. We are defined by how we use our tongues and the words we speak every day.
Once words are spoken, they cannot be recovered. Your tongue is pointed like an arrow. It cannot be withdrawn once it has been released. Words, like arrows, have the power to pierce those with whom they come into contact. We must be cautious with our most valuable weapons, our tongues and the words they produce.
Words have enormous power. They have the ability to strengthen, encourage, and motivate. Words can also be used to tear down, hurt, and leave horrible scars. Remember the old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” It’s not true. Words can be harmful. Some of us bear the scars of other people’s hurtful words.
WISE USE OF YOUR WORDS
1. Avoid using attack words: Words can be used as a weapon to lash out at people. Sometimes we mean to hurt people with what we say. Some people brush their teeth and sharpen their tongue first thing in the morning. Words can sever like a knife, and we want to plunge the dagger deep.
2. Avoid gossip: We must be cautious about the information we share about others. “There is only one thing as difficult as unscrambling an egg, and that is unspreading a rumor,” someone once said. Gossip is both destructive and subtle. Don’t even bother spreading it. Being silent about whatever news you receive will do you more harm than good.
3. Use clean words: Some words should never be spoken. If we said such things as kids, our parents would wash our mouths out with soap. A bad mouth is not something to be proud of. Some words should never be spoken. Avoid using vulgar language.
4. Think before you speak: It is critical that words go through a mental process before they are spoken. T, ask yourself the following questions: Is it true?
Is it useful, H?
Is it motivating?
Is it necessary to use N?
Is it nice, K?
If what you’re about to say fails this simple test, don’t say it. Consider your options before speaking.
5. Use positive language frequently: There are always positive phrases that can convey your thoughts and feelings about something. Notice how others respond to you and your requests when you use these phrases, and how much more helpful they are. If you aren’t having success with this at first, don’t give up. To become effective, any new positive habit must be practiced. Maintain a positive frame of mind. Keep your words positive.
So, while the phrase “using your words wisely” may be overused, following this advice can truly change your life. The words you choose will have a significant impact on your life experiences. When you understand the connection between your heart and your words, you will be able to live a better life, one filled with positive and encouraging words. Shoot in the right direction with your tongue.