Words have magic. Spells and curses. Some of them, once said, change everything.
Have you ever said something that you regretted instantly? Something that you could never take back and which changed everything?
It is an eventuality. Once done, an opportunity for a life lesson comes knocking on your door and presents you with the opportunity to grow and evolve…. But most of the time, we do not.
Sometimes, the opposite is true. In these moments, someone will say something to us, or we share something with another that adds incredible wealth and value as to leave a lifetime memory.
Since Homo sapiens were able to communicate abstract thought using words, the power of the word has grown exponentially. One word from the right or wrong person can mean life or death, success or failure, and so much more.
I was raised to believe that kind thoughts were always meant to be shared. I try to ascribe to that behavior on a daily basis.
Conversely, I live with a handwritten sign in front of my computer that reads:
Black belts keep their mouths closed.
This serves as my not so subtle reminder/reprimand to myself that in business and most things… unkind or other off-color thoughts are best left unsaid and never implied.