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?