Have Courage and Be Kind

All the ladies will know what this means but I doubt that very many men will get the connection. But that doesn’t mean this post if just for the Ladies. Men you should keep reading as well.

I posted a picture from the movie theater and asked people if they knew which movie we were at. It was an obvious answer but some chose to make some wise cracks about the type of movie it was.  As you may have guessed already it was what some would call a ‘Chick Flick’.  There it is. You now know I’m sentimental. Do with that as you will.  The fact is we were at the movie Cinderella with my Granddaughters. I’m definitely sentimental about them.

Your Words Have Power:

The title of this post were the words spoken to Ella by her mother on her death bed. She desperately emphasized the power of being kind and in so doing instilled a value upon her daughter that carried her through some difficult times in her young life.

Ella’s life endures a significant turn when after several years, her father decides to marry again. And then he too dies and leaves Ella with her new step mother and step sisters.

The three of them are portrayed as persons with an innate ability to destroy a person’s self-confidence and esteem by the use of their words. It is through their ridicule that Ella becomes Cinderella.

It is only through her continual remembering of the promise she gave to her mother that Cinderella is able to endure such abuse.

One set of words encouraged a life. The other set almost destroyed one.

It’s not just about the movie either.

Every conversation we have will either be one of positive encouragement and blessing or it will be a negative dampening and cursing. You might think words like bless and curse aren’t really a part of our conversations but think of it this way.

Blessing is the projection of good into a person’s life. And cursing would follow to be the projection of something bad. The degree of goodness or badness will of course vary. That would go without saying. We could also note the degree of goodness or badness an individual can endure will also vary.

An interesting side note on this is we don’t always have to have a verbal conversation to bless or curse either. It is so easy to bless someone just by smiling at them and acknowledging they are a human being and have the right to breathe the same are as me.

This makes it even more important for us to be aware of what it is we are saying to others. And how we say it.

What about you?

It is also of paramount importance in the discussion and self-talk you have with yourself. How many times have I cursed myself through my negative self-talk in comparison to the number of times I blessed myself.

Some Well Known Blessings.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “

I am particularly fond of the Irish blessing

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand “

It is important for us to recognize and be aware we have great power in the words we speak. When we have power, we are to be careful ant thoughtful about how we use it. I hope to use my words for the good and building positive relationships with others and with myself. It is probably harder for me to do it with myself than it is with you.

Question: How will you or have you blessed someone with your words this past week. Please leave a comment or share it on Facebook or  Twitter.

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