Did you ever have one of those times when you felt like things were moving along great and then something came at you out of left field that made you feel as if you just had the wind knocked out of your sails? I had one of those times this week and it left me feeling somewhat deflated…
It really was nothing, just a comment made by someone who meant no harm and probably has no idea that it affected me the way it did. But the comment did affect me. It caused me to question something that I had previously believed to be true. It did not cause me to doubt my belief in God or my religion but it caused me to doubt my belief in myself.
While the comment was only related to one small part of my life, for a time, I allowed it to overshadow everything else. I questioned my worth and value in all the other areas of my life.
As I write this, I feel a bit foolish for letting a few words spoken in jest affect me the way they did. I can provide several justifications for this….I was tired, hungry, not feeling well, overwhelmed at work, etc., etc. All of these things contributed to the degree that it affected me but honestly, I think we are all a little insecure and are affected by the words of others much more than we care to admit.
I will be the first to admit that I am probably too sensitive, but words can and do wield great power. Words can be used to inspire and uplift or discourage and deject.
So, in the future I am going to try harder to remember the power of words when I talk to and about others. I will try to remember how a few words affected me this week and I will try to choose words that will help to support, encourage and motivate.