Word. My generation used to say this all the time. It’s the same as saying “truth”, which I like to say all the time too:)
So I attended this great event last weekend, RISE 2013, and there was a woman who spoke that is part of the Australian government. She shared something I wanted to revisit because it reminds me of a great principle to go by when speaking with integrity. It is for the sake of responding and communicating powerfully.
Whatever – it works. So here it is.
Before you ‘respond’, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Wow. It’s been a while since I have heard this but this time it hit me deeper, only because I feel like there is so much unnecessary ‘information’ that is not true, not kind, and not necessary – that gets broadcasted across all channels.
It causes more pessimism, worry, and discomfort (I’m being super nice here…) that our society could do without.
What is it with people spewing from the mouth, on blogs, youtube, and anywhere else they can find an outlet? Does this empower them? Maybe it’s funny for a short minute, but people will do whatever they can to feed their ego.
I remember few situations in my life, where as a kid, I took whatever my parents said to me and about me as truth. Over time, to this day, those words still halfway confront me and I have to work on remembering that they are false beliefs. Kids believe us because we are their parents. Young kids trust that whatever their parents say IS truth. They would not have any clue to question the ‘why’ behind anything, even if/when it made them feel completely unwanted or unworthy.
So I have to remind myself the power of my word, because I have children, and it doesn’t matter that they are no longer very young. To them, I am still their mother, therefore how I view them and acknowledge them through my words, is their truth, too.
And…my words are remembered. But these words carry with them memories, feelings, and situations that stay with them…so I must choose my words, be in truth, and come from heart speak, always.
Our words hold power. Are we aware?
Knowing that our words hold so much power, do we realize how much impact we can make today, now, and for as long as we are here?