Saturday, July 24, 2010

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say Martin Luther King Jr.

photo by ricorocks

Consider your words, today. Listen to your tone of voice and the message your words send to others today.  Sometimes, it isn't what you say, but how you say it that matters most. Of course, that does include those things you do not say.

If you hear yourself responding to others by saying, "But, I didn't say anything!" , take that as your cue to listen to the message you are sending to others. Hiding behind ambiguous words, or practicing the fine art of "not saying" something is a dangerous art.

You may think you are fooling others, but it seldom works. Your message comes through loud and clear even if the listener cannot "tell you" exactly what you said to send the message.

To maintain a positive outlook on life you need to be honest with yourself and honest with your words. 

Evaluate your words, today, and make sure they are expressing the message you really want others to hear. 

Today, I am grateful for cloudy skies that shelter the world from the radiating sun, for rain that will replenish the earth and for squirrels that raid the feeder. I am grateful for a mind that thinks, a mouth that speaks and a heart that feels.

I am grateful for family and friends who offer me strength, for strangers that offer a hand and for bees that buzz from flower to flower. I am grateful for another day to live and learn and laugh.

And, I am grateful for you, dear reader, as you stop to share my day. May your day be filled with joy and your words bring peace and comfort to those around you.

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