Speak No Evil

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Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Ill customs and ill advice are seldom forgotten. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Keep cool; anger is not an argument. ~Daniel Webster

Tact is the intelligence of the heart. ~ Anonymous

If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek, five things observe with care: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how and when and where. ~Anonymous

Friendliness is to do and say the kindest thing in the kindest way. ~ Anonymous

Anonymous has to be the wisest person on earth, right?

When I am referring to speak no evil, I am not referring to swear words this time, which in my humble opinion are completely unnecessary. Nor am I talking about insults, which are damaging, too. I am talking about the power that words have to heal and influence one’s attitude about themselves.

The positive and negative things we say, think, and hear go a long way to influencing our self-fulfilling optimism or pessimism. The thoughts, words, and what we hear can have a direct influence on how our bodies function and heal.

Victor Frankl, who was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, realized that the thing that can never be taken from a person is his/her choice of how to respond to a situation. He wrote a wonderful book in which he stated that those in the concentration camp who tried to help others and kept a more positive attitude survived longer than those who let the horrible conditions there ruin their outlook.

Athletes also know about the power of words. Remember, the little train that could, “I think I can. I think I can,” and he did.

Here a few things you can use to help you stay well:
Listen for inspiration. It will come. We just have to be willing to turn down the noise and listen, for usually the inspiration comes as a still small voice or as a thought. If we are distracted, we can miss it. Whether you are battling a life threatening illness, facing a difficult task, or even running a marathon, you can find encouragement in uplifting songs or testimonies of those who have been in your shoes. Don’t forget to look to historical figures, religious figures, or philosophers for comforting and inspiring quotes.

Announce your intentions. If you are going to cut back on sugar, quit smoking, lose weight, or some other strenuous event, tell someone. This works for two reasons. One, you have someone who can support your efforts; be your cheerleader. Secondly, when you put your plans out there into the world you actually help your mind remind itself. Writing things down and noting your improvements can help you set goals and see success.

Think with gusto. When negative thoughts begin to intrude, imagine them disintegrating. Think of those negative thoughts as dying embers in a fire and watch them fizzle out. Once you have kicked those negative thoughts off the stage of your mind, replace them with positive self-talk that will soothe and encourage your well-being.

One final quote from Mark Twain who was known for his tongue in cheek humor and wisdom: Drag your thoughts away from your troubles – by the ears, by the heels or any other way, so you can manage it; it’s the healthiest thing a body can do.

Wishing you good health and joy!

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