Saturday, October 24, 2009

Be Careful What You Say

As a young man, I boldly ran my mouth with my opinions and my desires, many times getting myself into problems that could have been avoided if I had just remained silent. As I grew older, opinions and desires changed. I found I was not as sure of things as I had been. The more knowledge I gained the less certain I was of the surety of my place in the universe. I was admonished as a young man by parents and reminded by my mother to be careful of what I said, that once it was out of my mouth I could never retrieve it, never correct it. Of course, I tried correcting my errors through apology, through argument, through pleading, but none of that really worked. Once it’s out there you can’t reel it back in.

The same goes for negative thoughts that are voiced. Once the words are spoken, the negative influence remains out in the world. I would even go so far as to say, negative thoughts that precede verbalization influence the thinker and taint the actualization of positive results.

Somewhere in Hemingway’s writings, he has one of his character’s reply to another character’s negative comment by saying, “Don’t put your mouth on it.” It’s a caution against voicing negative thoughts, against sending out fears into the outside world where the world can hear you and then respond by giving you exactly that which you are trying to avoid.

Words are powerful things. They are more than indicators of our thought processes. They are influencers of unfolding reality. So, be careful what you say.