I recently read an article written by Tony Robbins that talked about the power of words and how they deeply affect your quality of life. And that got me thinking. It made me stop and take note of my language and the language around me. Not just in my home but in our society.
I decided that I would take a week and dedicate it to observation. I wanted to access the words I was using and allowing into my space. So I took note of the words I used in my head habitually. The words we used in our home. And I observed the words of those around me.
I noticed a few things that I didn't quite like. It's like that moment you open a credit card bill, you know you have to see it but you sort of don't want to know how much you charged. Well this was sort of like that. None of us want to look in the mirror and face the music. Its easier to blame others, to blame the news, or social media.
What most of us fail to take seriously is that the choice of words we use towards ourselves or others can really effect the quality of our life. I know we all remember the childhood rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me." I am guessing that most of us would disagree with it nowadays.
I am also going to go out on a limb here and say that most of us have laughed at something that wasn't very nice. Or we have chosen words of anger towards a loved one. Or we have silently and secretly in our minds used not so nice words either to ourselves or to others.
Words are powerful people. They come charged with emotion. They alter the chemistry of your mind and body. We use them so flippantly at times. Excusing our choice of words because we were kidding or angry. Or what about the stuff you whisper in your mind when you see yourself in the mirror, or make a mistake? Words can be harmful habits too.
If you find yourself stuck feeling blah, depressed, or angry just to list a few. I want to challenge you to increase your awareness of the words you use or allow in your space over the next week. Every time you find yourself using or mentally entertaining words that are not helpful. Take a deep breath and choose another word. You don't have to deny your negative feelings but you can always use less negatively charged words to describe them.
"In fact, a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress. If we do not continually exercise the brain's language centers, we cripple our neurological ability to deal with the problems we encounter with each other." --Dr. Andrew Newberg, Words Can Change Your Brain
We have to start taking responsibility for the quality of our life.