“Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.” 
―   Karen Marie Moring 

One key idea here: once I say them, I can’t take them back.  The same words that can destroy a home, friendship, relationship, or an organization. Words got me into fights as a boy. What I discovered  is that I was scared,  and I used words to fight my way into manhood. Words can sting as bad as an uppercut. The good news is that my thinking has changed, and as a result, my words have started to change. Those words now can be used to build up rather than tear down. Gossip, lies, and half-truths have given way to honesty and surrender. Over time, I have stopped fighting anything or anybody as the book suggested would happen.  I’ve laid down my arms, and I’m learning how to sit back and listen to God and others. The reality is no one really cares what my opinions are, they had rather see results. Those false promises haunt me, again and again and again. Many times I would say I quit, stop, never do it again, swear off, but I went back like a lamb to the slaughter. Today if I make a promise, I do my best to hold my word.  Occasionally I forget, and it pains me. That’s a God consciousness that I’ve never had before. But this disease waits patiently for a way to discourage, dismay, and dismantle. Sometimes it can start by me just opening my mouth. I’m learning that my actions speak way louder than my words…..Happy Friday!…b

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