Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~Yehuda Berg
The art of communication is dying. We would rather send a text than call someone on the phone. There is so much more to communication than sending a smiley face or thumbs up emoji. We are all losing the ability to “read” people’s facial expressions or understand the tone of their voice, email, or text and effectively respond appropriately. When was the last time you sat down across the table from a friend or family member and had an honest and open conversation? How many times have you misread someone and had your feelings hurt only to find out that was not the intent?
Sunday - Read the quote out loud. What is your initial reaction? Why? What about this quote do you agree with? Disagree with?
Monday - What does communication mean to you? What types of communication are you aware of?
Tuesday - How does this apply to your life right now in this moment? Do you have difficulty expressing yourself to your family, friends, coworkers, or strangers? Are you often misunderstood?
Wednesday - When thinking about how you communicate, how can you be more effective? Think of all the ways you’ve mis-communicated in the past, how could you have changed your words or tone in order to prevent disagreements or misunderstandings?
Thursday - What words did you use today that were negative or hurtful, positive or uplifting? Did someone react differently than you expected? Tomorrow, practice mindful communication. Be careful in the words and tone you use to communicate with others.
Friday - How did you change how and what you said today? Did you find this difficult or easy? Why?
Saturday - After reflecting over the last week, what is your reaction to this quote now? What changed? What stayed the same?
Stone - Chrysocolla
Essential Oil/Herb - Lavender
Animal Guide - Toucan
Who am I, really?
Can you answer this question without thinking about it? Can you answer it at all? I’m not talking about the labels (wife/husband, mother/father, sister/brother, job title, etc.) All of us can do that. Most of us think we know who we are. We claim to know what we like or dislike, what our favorite music, books, TV program, or movie is. We think we know what makes us happy, sad, angry, etc. Many of us work in a job we hate, because it pays the bills and we honestly don’t know what would make us jump out of bed in the morning, excited to go to work. Do we truly “know” who we are or are we mirroring what our family, friends, co-workers, and society in general expects of us?
This weekly series will look at who “you” are, not what you reflect to people based upon their expectations. It requires you to be “honest” with yourself even if it becomes uncomfortable to do so. Put aside the expectations of others and the fear of judgement, look deep within to find out who you truly are.
Each week we will pose a question or topic for you to carefully ponder. There are no right/wrong answers and you don’t need to share your thoughts unless you wish. The intent is to get you thinking about who “you” are.
Everyone has a gift. Do you know what yours is or is a hidden talent you haven’t discovered yet? Think about how you use or would use this gift to improve your life and the life of others.