The Power of the Spoken Word- Pt.1

From the moment we are born, the spoken word becomes critical in who we become and how we see the world around us. As children, our parents reveled in our first words. We found that with these words we had an identity and a place in society. I sometimes wonder if we, as humans, forget how much of an impact we have on each other by what we say. Remember the old poem: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? As I matured and became an adult, I realized how false the meaning of that saying was. Just think back to a time when your parent or friend said something to you so poignant it left a lasting impact on who you are today: good and bad. Words can create miracles and beauty. Words can also destroy and sabotage our minds, bodies and spirit.

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Stop “Shoulding” All Over Yourself!

One thing I find truly amazing is how we, as humans, constantly compare our lives and successes to others. We somehow think if we can do as well or even better than those around us, we are successful. We measure our success by what kind of job we have and what we own and drive instead of looking within ourselves and appraising ourselves as human beings. 

Most of my life, I have never been financially well off. Like most, I struggle, living paycheck to paycheck, trying to pay my bills, raise kids and put food on the table. I have never owned a new car or a home. I have always lived quite modestly, working in jobs I truly enjoyed even if the pay wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be. However, I have always been happy. When I encounter unhappy people,

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