The Importance of Choosing Your Words

I heard a story about a man and his small son who were hiking up a mountain.  Suddenly, the little boy slipped and slid about 30 yards down the mountainside, getting caught in some brush.  Unhurt but frightened, he called out, “Somebody help me!”  A voice called back, “Somebody help me!”

The youngster looked surprised and confused.  He asked, “Who are you?”  The voice shouted back, “Who are you?”

The boy began to get aggravated.  “You’re a coward!” he yelled.  The voice shouted back, “You’re a coward!”

The boy shot back, “You’re a fool!”  The voice repeated, “You’re a fool!”

By then, the boy’s father had reached him and helped extricate his son from the brush.  The boy looked up and said, “Dad, who is that?”

The father chuckled and said, “Son, that’s called an echo, but it’s also called life.”  He said, “Son, let me show you something.”  The dad shouted out, “You’ve got what it takes!”  The voice boomed, “You’ve got what it takes!”

The dad shouted, “You can make it!”  The voice shouted back, “You can make it!”

“Son, that’s exactly how it is in life,” the father explained.  “Whatever you send out always comes back to you.”

Let me ask you, What messages are you sending out about yourself?

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3 Responses to The Importance of Choosing Your Words

  1. Anonymous September 29, 2008 at 2:05 am #

    Self-talk is so powerful, isn’t it? It seems when I tell myself negative things – I look for negative examples to support it. And I find them!
    When I tell myself positive things, I look and find that too! That is why I keep a Smile File – a place where I keep notes of thanks, recognition, etc. When my self-talk becomes negative, I turn the frown upside down by looking and reminding myself of the good I have done.

  2. Tina McAllister September 29, 2008 at 1:30 am #

    Loving this post…it is so very true. Self-defeating thoughts / words can turn into life filled with self-defeating actions.

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