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Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language


Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about the language we use and should be using.  Here’s an idea I had:

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

🙂

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Words Say a Lot About Who You Are


There are several things that separate us and make us truly unique – fingerprints, lip prints, even words!

“Words are a form of personal expression.  They differentiate us as well as fingerprints do.  They reflect what kind of person we are, and tell of our background, and depict our way of life.  They describe our thinking as well as our inner feelings.”  Elder Charles Didier.

We are distinguished by the words we use, the kind of language we use, the way we say things, and what we choose to say.  There are probably times when you choose your words more carefully than others, i.e. if you want to make a good impression, if you don’t want to offend someone, if you are trying to be respectful.

And there may be times when you just figure you need to “let it all hang out”, or you are “just being honest”, or you are angry and trying to be hurtful.  What about these times?  Does it matter?  If it does, does anyone care that it matters?

Let’s think of this in a different way.  Have you ever been on the receiving end of these types of communication?  How did they make you feel?  What was your reaction?  Did you react in a like manner?  Did you retaliate and speak even more harshly?

Do you like being in trouble with someone?  Or do you appreciate it when someone compliments you, treats you respectfully, or even just says hi?

These are opposite ends of the spectrum and it’s a good idea to give this some thought.  What impression would you like to give others?  Have you noticed that what and how you communicate affects what and how you feel?  It also affects your mood, your happiness, your peace, and your relationships with others and with God.

What do you notice about the way others speak to you?  What does that tell you about them?  Is that something you want to emulate?

Blessings of Using Language Wisely


Here is a great quote about how our words and our language can affect others, as well as ourselves:

“Watch constantly for that which is worthy and noble in your fellowman.  It makes a person better to see and speak of good in his neighbor; while there is unbounded delight in observing the effect that a few words of appreciation and encouragement have upon men, women, and children with whom we associate.”  Joseph F. Smith, previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Just think what type of world we would have if everyone watched for the “worthy and noble” in others!  This would have all kinds of benefits:

  • You would see good that is happening all around you.
  • You would think about good more often.
  • It would give you ideas for how you can do good for others.
  • You would feel good more often.
  • Your problems would not seem as monumental – perhaps even turning from mountains into molehills.
  • You would start enjoying life again.
  • Others would react better to you and to others.
  • People would want to be around you more.
  • Life would be worth living.

What can you add to this list?

All of this would be compounded when we add respectful language to, and about, God.  For He pours blessings upon all those who remember Him, who pray (talk to) Him, and who use His name with reverence and respect.

God, your Father in Heaven, waits to bless you.  All you have to do is ask.  Talk with Him as you would with a loving father.  And be mindful of the ways you use His name.  And He will send so many blessings upon you that you will not have the capacity to hold them all.  Try it and see.  🙂