Your tongue may be small, but it’s powerful.
When I think of a punch inflicting pain, the first thing that comes to mind is boxing. Boxing – that sport where two consenting adults get into a ring and pound each other. They thwack and whack one another while the crowd cheers for more. It’s a surreal scene to me. I don’t care to watch someone get hurt, especially when it’s another human doing the hurting.
It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about before. But that tiny little tongue inside my head can wallop some serious wounds if I’m not careful. I know I’ve said some words that I wish I could take back.
How to control that?
I should speak for myself. What I do and how I live will help determine who I am. I have to believe that if I value the right things, I’ll have better control to prevent sharp knives from hurling out of my mouth. And I must live what I value. An almond won’t drop off an apple tree.
What habits can I create to help my tongue produce flowers? Produce words of encouragement? Produce positive thoughts that can help others, not hurt them?
For me, grounding myself in peace each morning is helpful. Taking time to collect myself and digest inspirational words when the world is still quiet. When I can think. When I can reflect upon the prior day and the day that is to come. I also listen to speakers on podcast that inspire me to let my spirit bloom out from under the dirt that surrounds us every day.
It sounds good, doesn’t it? I’ve found that, in practice, when the day is rolling and time is flying by, I lose sight of those promises I recorded on my phone app.
But there are times when those words flash in my mind. And I stop and listen to them.
I have a long, long way to go. But I think I’ve taken a step on the right path.