Think before you speak.

How many times have you heard or read this phrase? How many times has it been directed at you?

I believe if more of us took the time to follow this idea, we would live in a world that is less divisive, less angry, less full of fear.

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All too often people just speak off the cuff. They don’t consider their words, they don’t care just how powerful they may be. Yes, I am very specifically talking about politicians here. So much of what comes out of their mouths is so very phony, so completely false that it is deeply disturbing that we empower them to do anything.

Words are powerful. They can start war or bring peace. They can spark fights or they can calm nerves. What we say is so much more important than we often give it credit, and yet we are frequently watching people flounder because of half-truths, denials of reality and lies.

The importance of being awake and aware in this life is that you don’t just do whatever comes to mind. You think it out, you consider your actions. I recently felt inspired to post this to Facebook:

Encourage instead of criticize.
Love instead of fear.
Suggest solutions instead of pointing out problems.
Be proactive instead of reactive.
Be accountable instead of seeking blame.

If we each take a moment to shift our approach to our life experience to the above, I truly believe we could make the world a much, much better place.

How often do you read posts from people that get you angry? How often do you see things online that make you sad, or fearful, or otherwise disturbed? We have become so enamored of facing off against negativity that we don’t realize how much more powerful using positive statements can be.

This is a matter of approach. Think before you speak in 2016 can also directly translate to – Think before you post. Before you put that negative statement out there on FB or Tweet it or share it across the Googleverse, THINK about the impact you are having with whatever it is. Do you NEED to add to the anger, to the fear, to the loathing, to the ever-present negativity out there?

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Taking positive actions, like thinking ahead before you speak/post/share can change the world.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that words convey immense power, we can choose to use them to build or to destroy. When we consider our words carefully, thinking before we speak or post online, we can make the choice to use words to empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred eighth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.