We all know how much is said about our words. We teach children to think before they speak right? As children when we say something mean or hurtful we would be asked to apologize and think about how that makes the other person feel, right? Kids try and be strong against the mean words with sayings like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” However, we all know that the wounds caused by words are far deeper than that of a stick or stone right? Those words stay far longer than a physical injury.
However, we often forget this power that words have when we talk to ourselves. We call ourselves names far worse than those we have heard over the years and then we add some. We call ourselves stupid, ugly, unloveable, fat…. I am sure you can think of a few other things you call yourself. We also say things like I can’t do this or that, I am not smart enough to figure this out, I will never be able to do …. I am sure you get this picture and have probably added a few more things that have come to mind. Maybe even a few things you have already spoken to yourself today.
I know that I am just as guilty as the next person in the words I speak over myself. This permeates every area of my life. I can’t tell you how many times a day I say thatI can’t do something. So for me, I am challenging myself to change the way I speak to myself and others. I am pulling a few phrases from my vocabulary. One of them is I can’t. I know for myself that this struggle will be hard and there will be times I slip but I am making a choice to me more intentional. What phrases do you need to pull from your vocabulary? How can I help you? Let’s chat!