Physical pain is something over which we’ve not much control.
When a bone breaks.
When we get cut.
When we burn ourselves.
We don’t really have a choice as to whether it hurts.
We feel it.
The damage is done.
Words, however, are different.
With words, there is no physical damage.
Insults and unkind comments have no physical effect.
Only vibrations translated to electrical signals and then to ideas and concepts.
It’s in our interpretation of, and reaction or response to, these words that affect us.
Not the words themselves.
How we let these words affect our lives is entirely up to us.
We can choose to get upset.
We can choose to feel offended.
We can choose to get worked up.
Or we can choose not to.
We can choose to respond, rather than react.
To consider how those words actually affect anything in our life.
To decide whether we are going to let those words dictate our thoughts, feelings, or actions.
We can ask ourselves a variety of questions to help.
Is what this person is saying fact or opinion?
Are they offering sincere feedback or insults?
Is their intention malicious, or are they unaware?
Am I simply feeling insecure?
If you are feeling insecure, if their words reflect your own thoughts, get to work.
Do something about it.
Action, however, is benefited by a clear mind and heart.
Feeling sorry for yourself or angry at others is wasted energy.
Energy that you could be devoting to bettering yourself.
For what you think and feel about yourself.
Not anybody else’s opinion.
Whatever happened to “sticks and stones…”?
Why choose to give words such power?
Resign your emotions to waves moving through air?
Allow your state of being to be pulled this way and that way by what others say?
You are stronger than that.
You are worthy of so much more.
You’ve got this.