Because I try to be honest to a fault, I want to be clear. I read and listen to an enormous amount of material every day. I also have friends and mentors who share ideas and stories with me on a daily basis in conversation. One mentor of mine has written so many books that I am struggling to read them all! So, I feel like I have no original thoughts. As the old adage goes, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” So, if you recognize something on my blog, and you know its original creator, please comment and let me know who it is! I want everyone to get credit for their work.
Now that I have clarified my concerns, I have a story to share:
Once there was a grandpa who loved his grandson terribly much. He liked to take him for ice cream and have one-on-one talks. This grandpa had grown old and wise, which don’t always come together. He wanted to share with his grandson the most important things in life. He told him this story: “Inside each of us are two wolves. One is greedy, full of pride, angry, resentful, jealous and mean. The other is honest, respectful, good, kind, patient and compassionate.” The little boy asked, “But gwampa, which one will win?” His grandpa simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Today, I will be intentional on feeding the right wolf!
A thought bubble popped into my head this morning. Simply put: there is definitely power in the spoken word. If you disagree, please let me know why. For most of us, unfortunately, the easiest way to recognize this truth is through a negative example, such as put-downs, name-calling, and sarcasm. You can have a room full of very upbeat, positive people making plans together, but one person saying a negative comment at just the wrong time can deflate the room of all its energy.
I have a confession to make. One of my biggest faults is sarcasm. Sarcasm is my way of responding when I am hurt and I do not want to directly confront the painful problem that myself or other has created. I recently discovered the root of the word sarcasm means “to eat flesh” – Ouch! So although I am never physical in my attacks, my words can do as much or more damage.
Of course, the flip-side to this is that my words can also lift and inspire. Since I am trying not to repeat my sarcasm pattern in my family, I decided to ask all of my children to tell me any positive and uplifting idea that they might have. When I asked this, my children ranged in age from 8 to 2 years old. What they shared was profound. I told them if they would just say and believe each of these statements every single day of their lives, they would be tremedously joy-filled. Please let me know if you disagree after reading their affirmations:
God loves me.
God is always with me.
God is my helper.
I will always trust God.
Thank you, God, for all the animals.
Thank you for making my life a good one.
I am a good friend.
I am loving and cute.
I am happy like a bubble.