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Words build words. It is a simple sentence with great truth. This phrase currently being popularly coined by Judith E Glaser “words build worlds” it is more true than many would think at first glance. Words construct our reality and how we live in and see the world around us. Words make up our important documents in forms such as our birth certificate and tax documents. Words can be as common as the word "stop" written in our stop signs at the end of a street in any city. String many words together and they can hold the power to shape a nation like the United States Constitution or even the world, like the bible has. In fact, at the start of what is known as the Christian bible God spoke words to bring the universe into being. It is with this knowledge of words and their profound power, we start our journey towards developing peace for you. Peace in the world around you, and peace with the words and inner world inside your own mind.
Words shape the world around us. Have you ever stopped to think about how words also shape how we see ourselves and how others see us?
Maybe you have use words harshly with others. Perhaps others say hurtful words to you. Worst of all...do you say mean words to yourself? Words like "stupid me" or "I'm so ugly" or "no one will love me”, or "I can't..." these are just a few of the many hurtful things we say to ourselves. Words build words.
By just increasing our awareness of the power of words, we can start to slowly and profoundly change ourselves, and the world around us. This in turn will lead to a happier, and more peaceful reality for us.
Our awareness of our words and their power can lead us to alter our old wordings and help us to create new worlds and new realities for ourselves, our friends and with our families. So this month lets just practice our awareness of our words and start looking at our reactions to them and to the reactions of those around our own words as well.
Next month we will look at the deeper meanings often hidden behind the words. Until then I hope you found a little Serenity in your day from reading this article.
David Linares , LMHC