WORD WATCHING …
is an idea that crystallized in my mind some months ago, but the seed took hold many years back during the Sunday family reunions of my childhood. The conclusion of decades ago was reinforced by work and life experiences. It still applies now.
People do not pay attention and then misunderstand, resulting in disagreements that ruin relationships and sometimes escalate to violence.
WORD WATCHING is essential. It begins with what WE think and how we then express ourselves.
What we think comes from what we CHOOSE to be exposed to regularly. We’re careful about what we eat. We should be even more conscious of what we feed our minds. Are we swayed by negative news stories? Do we add to the office gossip whispered about? Are we spreading messages in social media about impending disasters or someone else’s failure? Do we contribute to the ever-so-loud voices of criticism?
Before you speak up to criticize, write to complain, recommend to remove; before you sign an inflammatory document or press ‘send,’ ask yourself this discerning question: Does this help ?
How does it help the situation, the relationship, the morale, the project, the company, the country, the world? Yes, the world! Your signature on an Avaaz.org or Change.org petition CAN change the world.
And if you’re not sure, opt for silence. In silence, you can gather more information to weigh things. In silence, you do not take part in the chaotic clamor that often makes no sense but adds to fear and discontent. In silence, you can listen with your heart to unspoken pain of the people closest to you.
Only then, can you express yourself consciously and deliberately, because your words matter.
Choose each word that communicates
so every message demonstrates
clarity and honesty
empathy and integrity.