Although I am not very familiar with the background of the person who's quote I am choosing this week, her words really pertained to my current situation.
This weeks quote comes from Jodi Picoult, an American author who has written 23 best selling novels in her 48 years of life. Ironically enough, this wonder woman actually wrote 5 issues of DC Comics' Wonder Woman in 2007. With all of these amazing accomplishments under her belt, it's no wonder that eventually one of her quotes would find it's way into my life.
I try my hardest to bestow positive vibes and words. But, like many of you, sometimes my lack of virtuous thoughts gets the better of me. What allows me to not be hard on myself when I have these thoughts, is how I choose to handle them.
It is very honorable, in my opinion, when someone can think these negative things but will never allow the words to be forcefully put on the person in mind. When thoughts get turned into words, a person's life can be very much impacted. I am not saying people should never speak what's on their mind, I just think theres a time, place and situation when it is helpful.
As much as I hate to say this, I almost prefer people to talk behind my back now and say their negative things about me to other people. I really don't want one persons negative words to ruin my whole day completely.
For example, if you are entertaining a thought that you think can truly benefit a person if it is spoken - do it. But if there is a thought that you know may potentially hurt or offend someone, it may be better to hold it inside. Jokes and fun aside, if it is criticism that is no where near constructive why would you want to purposely harm someone?
Like this quote says, once words have left your lips there is nothing you can do to take them back. The words and the mess that they can create are in the world forever. Some people are more sensitive to words than others. I, for example, take what people say very personal. I can take criticism extremely well, but when I hear a hint of discourtesy in your voice I will absolutely get offended.
I can linger on what someone tells me for days. I will analyze everything about what was said. I'm not a weak person but I am emotional. I don't like feeling like I am inferior to anyone. Like I said last Monday, I am a firm believer in equal rights among everyone.
With that being said, let's try to inject positive words into this world. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions. If you want to think negatively, then leave it in your head. Don't disturb someone else's peace of mind with your adverse words. The emotional mess is not worth it.
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