Are we aware how powerful words can be? Yesterday I was playing around with my boys and said jokingly, "I'm surrounded by idiots!" and low and behold, today at lunch time one of the boys called his brother "an idiot" and he meant it. We've never tolerated the kids calling each other names but it seems by me using the word idiot, even if it was only as a joke, gave my son a "free pass" to call his brother one. We so have to be aware of the language we use because our kids copy it.
Anyway, getting back to the video and the fifty words - I chose six words I felt were special to me at the moment (I had wanted only five as it just sounds better but I couldn't do five, so six it is). They are words that have meaning to me either in my relationship to my children, with myself or my husband and I want to use them to help me to improve these relationships. Here they are.
- Mercy Tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook error
- Progress Increasing in truth and light
- Unity Oneness and undivided having the same spirit dwelling in them
- Encourage To inspire and give hope
- Confident Having full belief
- Teachable Readily receiving instruction
I'll let you know how I get along with these six words and how I am able to use them to improve the relationships of those I love. I know now that MERCY and ENCOURAGE are going to be the hard ones as I have the tendency to be negative with one of the kids at the moment and he needs just the opposite. So, onwards and upwards......