The Weight of Words and Power of Pause

The tongue is as sharp as a sword and too often the mouth works faster than the brain.
The gift of communication is one of the greatest treasures we can share with one another. The ability to express one’s self, verbally, or through writing, should be used to heal and not to harm.

I am guilty of assumption, reacting with anger or fear, speaking of turn, using words with the intention to punish or justify actions, inappropriate and insensitive talk, breaking others down to make myself feel ‘better than’, dishonesty, not knowing, poor or no communication and simply not having the right words at the right time.

I seek to speak and write responsibly with accountability, integrity and love. I continue to falter and flail, but I will continue to minimize (and repair), the damage I do with the words I choose.

I will pause before speaking, I will meditate on what I write.
I will blend my thoughts with my feelings.
I will let inspiration and intuition flow through me.
I will respond more with my heart and less with my brain.
I will listen more than I speak.
I will strive to understand rather than be ‘right.’
I will be kind, respectful and loving to all.
I will grow.
I will change.

I apologize when I fall short of the mark.
Be patient with me as I am with you.

My commitment to my fellows.
Thank you.

~S.D.

“Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”

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