A Manner of Speaking

As much as I love social media I have to say there’s a part of it that deeply saddens me and makes me cringe when I come across it. I’m sure you’ve encountered it too and have found it as well at the office, in a conversation or at a social gathering. Sadly, it exists all around us. 
 Negative words and comments can carry a powerful punch. I’ve often wondered if the author of such ever stops to think of the impact of their actions.  
 “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”  
When you comment on a post or something you’ve been told, ask yourself this . . . will you, elevate or diminish another’s hopes, feelings or dreams by what you’re saying? Are you encouraging and inspiring those around you to be more . . . to become their very best? . . . Or instead, are you allowing insecurity and jealousy to block you from being the best version of yourself?  
 I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like if we silenced things like criticism and judgement of another,
 . . . . the  very things that are really just mirrors of our own inner fears and insecurities that we end up projecting into the world.  
Change starts with each of us and so I ask you this . . . the next time you feel compelled to comment or remark on something ask yourself this . . . who are the people who have left the biggest impression and mark in your heart?  The ones that have made you want to strive and be more?  (hint* – you’ll find their voice etched deeply in your dreams of becoming and realizing  the best version of yourself.)  Is what you’re about to offer another in keeping with that?  
We have the opportunity with each person we meet, each word we utter . . . to encourage, to motivate and to inspire. Our words can be used as weapons or a means of empowering another and we each make that choice in the words that we choose. 
With Gratitude,

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