The Power of Words

When I was in college, I had a professor who would begin each lesson with the word of the day.  Usually, it was a word that I had never heard of.  Therefore, I would have to quickly look up the definition.  In the beginning, I would get annoyed and irritated by this teaching method.  However, by the middle of the semester, I found myself eager and excited to hear a new word.

You see, what I didn’t realize at the time is that Mr. Calhoun was sowing seeds.  After he planted the seed of a new word, it would grow; as I grabbed my pocket dictionary to look the word up for its meaning.  Therefore, with every word, I would gain knowledge.

Unexpectedly, I began utilizing those very words in conversations, research papers and briefs.  Those words became a part of my every day conversations.  Those words became a part of my vocabulary….a part of me.

Throughout life, I have learned the power of words.  The right words have uplifted, motivated, and encouraged me.  The wrong words have discouraged, upset and frustrated me.  I’m sure that you have experienced the same.  But can I share something with you?  Although the wrong words have power, you don’t have to receive them.  Instead, use those words to propel you into your purpose.  Let them serve as a match that ignites your passion that leads to your destiny.

Here’s an example……

It’s Just Not Worth It……

Lately, various individuals have presented me with opportunities to become offended.  However, I continue to have the same epiphany.  It’s just not worth it!!!!!!!

It seems like it has taken me years to realize this powerful concept.  it’s just not worth my time, energy and mental capacity to allow people to offend me.  People are flawed.  Therefore, if I allow someone else’s negativity to impact mine, then I’m giving that individual control over me.

Now, this didn’t happen instantly.  This has become a life-long lesson.  One that still requires me to remember, it’s just not worth it.  God created us with feelings and emotions.  However, He never meant us to be led by our feelings and emotions.  Feelings/Emotions are like the degrees on a thermometer.  They let us know where we’re at that period of time.  Give that situation some time and you may find that…it’s just not worth it.

It’s not worth getting upset.  It’s not worth another sleepless night.  It’s not worth losing your appetite.  The goal should always be to acknowledge the thought and feeling; but not let them affect you or your behavior.

So, the next time someone presents you with this horrible opportunity.  Repeat after me, “It’s Just Not Worth It.”  And, keep living abundantly 🙂