Our Words, And How They Affect Others

Our words can affect others more than we realize sometimes.  Let’s face it, we all do it…say something we which we had not said.   And then we beat ourselves up, or someone else does, for that tactless slip that we cannot believe we just uttered.  We can apologize, but sometimes what was said, or what others have said to us, stays ingrained for a long time.  Talk about a lasting impression!

That’s why it’s so important to stop and think before we speak.

This passage is one of my favorites. 

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.

Psalm 45:1-2

 

We are not perfect.  Learning graceful speech may take time, and I know it will be worth it.

Here are some more resources to consider.

  • A gentle answer turns away wrath,
        but a harsh word stirs up anger.  -Proverbs 15:1 
  • article states that words can change your brain and affect your genes.  
  • The old saying, “You can catch more flies with honey, than vinegar,” I believe is profound.  

It’s important we condition ourselves to speak kindly, or with tact, when words need to be spoken.  So, when speaking to others today, speak kindly, and think kind thoughts.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”  -Wendy Mass, The Candymakers

 

Have a good day,

Sincerely, BG

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There are “No Writing Emergencies”

 

My daughter informed me yesterday that there are “No Writing Emergencies,” just as there are “No bag emergencies.” (She sells bags.)

Does she not know that there is?  (lol)

So, when those writing emergencies come…(for me, they are emergencies), and the flow of words is hitting you on the head with a sledge-hammer, warning you to “PAY ATTENTION,” what do you do?  You haven’t a notepad, recording device, or “Ctrl S” in the nearest hundred miles to save those precious thoughts?  You aren’t able to capture words, or put them on pause or slow, and your inner voice is telling you to run to the nearest laptop or notepad.  What do you do?

Does the wind blow those thoughts back your way again?

“Oh, winds of word where dost thou blow, if not within thy humbled soul?  Remain close by… for I dost fear thou musing call I shall not hear.”

Ok, Shakespeare I’m not… but in my pondering, I’m wondering if this is the results of “blow back.”  The words not blowing back to you in the winds of word, and giving you unintended repercussions because you’re not writing them down.  You may get glimpses of them here or there, but usually if they aren’t written down, or recorded, then those thoughts are gone-   lost to the winds, and given to the next one who picks up on them.  Or perhaps, within those glimpses you may recover a bit of something, and use it a different way.

We shouldn’t lose hope.   Word association, or picture association… could help you to coax the muse back.  Try relaxing or taking a walk, and pray for Providence to re-ignite your flow of words.

I’ve read recently (don’t remember who) about a writer who writes on a daily schedule even when the muse isn’t flowing, so that he will catch him when he is.  I thought it was a great concept.

In a world of children, and grandchildren, we do have to make sacrifices.   Sometimes things are placed on hold to formulate a more necessary connection with our precious ones.  We would not want them to feel that our own pondering should take precedence over family, and sometimes it is a great conflict to calm the storm of your worded soul and look at things more realistically.

How do you feel about it?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Sincerely, BG

Imagination and Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I love quotes.  They speak to me and saturate my soul like color saturation on a painting.  Full saturation of a color gives it vividness, the same as vibrant words spark inspiration for brilliant ideas and concepts.

 

Quotes to me are a great, and yet simple way, to keep profound ideas before me to spark creativity.  Our vast imagination, spurred on through words, music, art, dance, exercise, or hobbies, may find inspiration knocking at our doors.  Just like the quote above states…

“The World is but a canvas to our imagination.”

                             -Henry David Thoreau

 

I have yet to read one of Thoreau’s famous books about “Walden Pond,” but I will do so soon.  Though I don’t agree with all of his philosophies, I can appreciate some of  his quotes.   Thoreau has quotes that really touch me.  Here’s another that I love:

 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

                           -Henry David Thoreau

 

I want to live fully, and make the most of my time, essentially.  I’m now in my 6th decade of living, and it’s time to put the rocket boosters on.  I can no longer dilly-dally.  I have to find where imagination and inspiration reside.   For me, I like words and concepts which are meaningful, and uplifting.  I find many of those qualities in Thoreau’s quotes.

I love to write with soft music in the background, and look at art with both vibrant and pastel colors.  I used to quilt, and enjoyed the different colors of fabric coming together to make a scene, or proclaim a message within the quilt.  Again, more saturation of color.  Just a sample of the working of my canvas.

Here are some other ideas:

One friend of mine makes art journals, and delves into them deeply making lovely creations.  Another friend spends time writing beautiful stories and memories in journals.  Yet, another friend paints colorfully elaborate analogies (pictures are worth a thousand words), and her sister has taken on speaking at Toastmasters’ groups to inspire people with the spoken word.   They are all very creative and are living in a way to find creativity for themselves, and sharing it with others.  And all the four, do other things as well.  They quilt, sew, crochet, knit, sing, and do many others things.

My blog tagline in the past was “Live to Inspire.”  I still feel to do that now.  Finding ways to inspire others also inspires yourself.  You know,  that “iron sharpens iron” quality.

So, when saturating the colors on your canvas, what techniques are you using to set your imagination and inspiration on fire?

 

Leave me a comment.  I would love to know.    We can all glean from each other.

 

Sincerely, BG

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