By De Jackson
Hello family. Hope you all have been enjoying this up and down weather. I’ve always considered February the middle of winter and get excited, because that means spring is almost here.
As I was listening to a few children interacting the other day, some of their negative remarks caught my attention. I reminded them that their words can be powerful for good or bad. We did a short exercise and when the tables were turned, they admitted it wasn’t much fun. “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Yes, flashback time. Our parents shared these types of sayings to make us strong and realize words might be hurtful, but the people who said them had no power over us. Nowadays things are different. The power of words on social media and the Internet has just gone wild. Yes, we have freedom of speech but to what end? There no longer seems to be any lines drawn for profanity around our youth. Trying to protect them from those “words”, has become an uphill battle. Bullies are now all ages and seem non-ending. But, don’t give up! Continue to speak up and use your words. Hold on to your power.
And what about general conversations? For example, if you’re at work and someone starts talking about another coworker in a negative manner. Do you join in and use your words? Remain silent and just listen? Or, walk away? If you decide to chime in, think before you speak. Even if you stay and remain silent, it still gives the appearance of your agreement with the conversation. The power of words!
When we discipline our youth, let’s choose our words carefully. Let them be stern, educational, but never mean. Children eventually learn to understand the “discipline with love” connection. And family, what we “say”, tells a lot about ourselves. So, are the words you speak uplifting to others? Or, do they fall on deaf ears? Meaning they carry no weight and have no value. Your homework for today-ask people around you to give a “one word” description about you as a person. I hope it will be a very enlightening experience. In closing remember: Proverbs 13:3 Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.
Stay warm family. Enjoy the winter weather and don’t go into hibernation mode.