Words are powerful. What we say to others and even to ourselves has the ability to affect us and those around us more than we may recognize. Are the words you're using daily giving you power or taking your power away?
I work in an office that I share with two other people. Luckily it is a relaxed environment and we all get along well. The major drawback is that this office has noisy equipment and no windows. As a feeler, being disconnected from the outdoors and the elements can be kind of a drag. The last two weeks has been a huge rain fest, so, today I jumped at the chance to eat lunch outside to enjoy some warm, sunny weather.
I try to practice gratefulness as much as I can so when I am alone, especially in nature, I thank God for the little things. Even more so, after the storm front that moved in with Hurricane Joaquin that devastated Columbia, SC which is close to where I live. After DAYS of the rain and wind that gripped the southeast, I jumped at the chance to enjoy the sunny, warm day with a side of lunch. I went out to the cafeteria patio and posted up, turned my phone off and enjoyed the day. With about five minutes left on my lunch break, a group of young professionals came out. I dare say they were millennials, but the heavy clue was that they used the word “like” every other three to five words (you know what I’m talking about). We exchanged cordial, "I know you work for the same company but have no idea who you are" head nods and salutations; then they sat at the table next to me. Here’s how their conversations went:
Girl: Oh my God, I can't believe the day I'm having. It's like, ruining my life.
Guy: So why is today ruining your life?
Girl: (cheeky chuckle) Every day is ruining my life
I think to myself, WOW…what a statement! How awful is it that EVERYDAY is ruining her life? After that, I zone out because at that point, I’m like, these folks are not about to like, kill my vibe, like seriously (pun intended).
There are two takeaways from this situation: