Our words are incredibly powerful. The can heal or they can wound. They can inspire or they can shame. They can encourage or they can put down.
How do you choose to use your words? It’s truly a choice every time we open our mouths or respond in social media.
Never in any other time in history have we had an opportunity and so much power to do good in the world via online resources. We are instantly connected. As many of you are seeing on Facebook,Twitter and other social media sites things are pretty heated right now. We are a country more divided then we have seen in a long time. There is so much anger, hatred, shaming and blaming because someone has a different view point. Since when did it become ok to attack someones character because their belief is different then yours? How are you choosing to respond when someone has a different viewpoint? The words we use can be part of the solution we wish to see or part of the problem. And this is just one example. There are so many more.
We have many people out there who choose words that are uplifting or they say nothing at all. They choose to be part of the solution we are seeking instead of creating more problems. We all have that choice every moment in every day.
The next time someone posts a viewpoint different then yours can you just let them have it?
Would you be willing to choose for your Facebook page to be about spreading peace and acceptance instead of more judgement?
Have you ever asked yourself why we post controversial things anyway? I’ve been wondering about that and I think some of the reason is because we want to convince others to believe the way we do. Why? Why can’t we allow others to have their own viewpoints different from ours?
I realize I may be speaking to the choir here. Many of you are probably reading this and already choosing to be part of the solution. But maybe there is one person out there who will choose to act consciously instead of react the next time there is a posting you disagree with. Maybe one person will let the next political argument go into the wind and move on with your own beliefs with no need to convince others.
How many people will have the need to critique this post because they disagree or can you allow me to share, just because……
I think it is time to look seriously inside ourselves as to what we want to see in the world. It is up to each of us as individuals.
It’s not about controlling or fixing anyone else.
It’s not about convincing others to believe what we do.
It is about finding acceptance of people just as they are.
It is about letting go of all of our judgements.
It is about allowing others to have their own beliefs in the world.
It is about patience and compassion for all lives.
A wonderful quote I found on a friends timeline: “When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where the power is!”
Sara Valentine Holistic Health