Changing How We Think & Speak Can Truly Change Our Lives!
The Universe has a way of revealing things to us that are necessary for our overall development and Self-improvement.
The catch-22 here is that we need to be Spiritually available and emotionally receptive in order to receive the message.
In a nut shell, what this means is that when we free ourselves from drama and negativity (in the form of toxic people and poor choices), we make ourselves available and aware to the messages all around us.
This happened to me recently regarding the power of simple word changes (and word usage!), and how what we say and think effect our choices and who we ultimately become.
It happened in three distinct ways; first, when I remembered a powerful book that I read many years ago, second in an ad I noticed while driving, and third in a conversation with someone I love.
Let’s start with a book I know and love, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruîz:
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
I read those words for the first time almost seven years ago, and let me tell you, they changed my Life!
I’ve spent some parts of those last seven years trying (and trying, and trying!) to be impeccable with my word. It’s tough work!
But the power of words influence us not just in what we say and think,
but also in what we read.
Just last week I came across this beautifully appropriate quote on Spark People:
Choose your thoughts wisely, for they are the energy that create your Life
Can I get an Amen?!
There’s that word again – energy. All of Life is energy, and we influence the energy (positively or negatively) by who and what we allow into our Life.
Obviously, we can’t filter all of the stimulation we encounter daily, and therefore can’t control the energy entirely.
But, why not start with what we can? Our thoughts!
Then, I saw something while driving that reinforced (in a totally different way) how powerful simple word changes can be.
I saw an advertisement for Raleigh’s one-and-only Errand Girl, at errandgirl4u.com
My first thought? What a fantastic idea! Why didn’t I think of that first?! Then came, wait, errand girl? Another name for personal assistant?
Do you know anyone who would pay for a personal assistant, at a rate of $25/hour, to pick up groceries and dry cleaning, walk and feed their pets, pick up/drop off at the airport, and maybe accompany their aging parent to medical appointments? Not me!
But, do you know someone who can benefit, for only $25/hour, from an additional set of hands? Someone to help pick up tonights dinner since you’re running late at the office, maybe swing by your house to feed poor, hungry Fido, and run your aging parent(s) to appointment after appointment? All in the name of maintaining sanity?
I sure do! What a neat concept! And, here it is again; why didn’t I think of that first?!
What a difference the simple word change (from Personal Assistant to Errand Girl) makes in your perception and experience.
And last, but definitely not least, came the conversation with my dear friend and brother just yesterday about how changing our thoughts, concepts, and the language we use in our Self-talk can make or break us. You know, just typical day-to-day talk between two therapists 😀