What was the last thing you said to someone before reading this? Do those words represent you and your life well? Here’s a reminder of the power of our words – and how to choose them wisely.
She vowed not to say anything that could not stand as the last thing she ever said. ~ Rosamund & Ben Zander
Have you ever read something so powerful, you momentarily felt like your heart stopped beating?
That was my experience reading the story that surrounds the above quote. In their excellent book The Art of Possibility, the authors write about a girl who was just 15 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz. Scared and in charge of her 8-year-old brother, she yelled at him about something insignificant – and it turned out to be the last time she ever saw him.
She then set the standard to speak kindly, generously, respectfully. Always.
What if we all did that?
I try to select my words carefully, but I know I don’t always use my “filter” as well as I could. Today, I am making a conscious commitment to choose my words with care, and I encourage you to join me. Then let’s do it again tomorrow, and the next day, too.
The most important words we say could be all of them – or any of them. Commit to using the kindest part of your heart to guide your word choices. Words are so powerful; today, choose to share only words that help, guide, uplift, and support.
Words that, if they stood alone, could represent you and your life well.