Word to the wise, our words will entrap or liberate us (205)
As a seasoned public speaker, social media and blog writer, I have always been aware of the impact words have to our own mental well-being. Most can’t see past the desire we have to be an encouragement to others.
When we step out to influence, encourage or teach, the speaker or writer taps into the endorphins in the same way an athlete does.
The better we are at our chosen field of words the greater the feeling of achievement.
What many don’t take into consideration, is the amount of brain drain words have on us over the long haul.
This is true of the educationist, the business development manager or anyone else that has to use words continually to fulfil their calling.
If you don’t believe me, talk to any mother of young children. Always negotiating to survive another day of motherhood.
Back to the writer or speaker.
There comes a point where everything we do can become automatic and the lustre and cutting edge of our words lose their meaning. We find ourselves repeating and regurgitating the same old, same old.
When we get to this point, the effect on our mental-health is the last thing we consider.
Are our words uplifting?
Are our words authentic, do our words match our actions?
Are those around us encouraged by our words?
Like the fatigued athlete or the burnt out young mother, a season of mental rest is vital.
An ancient writer expressed this in the form of an exe that lost its edge. Stop hitting harder to chop the wood. It only damages your whole body, way too much effort.
Take time to sharpen the axe 🪓. You’ll find that when the axe is sharp, the axe does all the cutting and you simply guide it.
If your words are shrinking you, take time to reflect, don’t write or speak so much until you’ve taken time to refresh yourself.
The only measure of the effect of our words, are they getting through and are they seeing changes in those around us. If not, we just need to go back to basics to get our voice back.
Happy mental resting.