Ah, the power of words. I've been pondering this lately, for, as the book of Proverbs says, "There is death and life in the power of the tongue." But our words don't only affect others, they affect us. Simply put, words define who we are while subtly and surely shaping our lives. You may never have entertained the thought that you are what you speak, so let me give you an example.
Many years ago when I was trying to get pregnant I made sure that I always said "when I have a baby..." instead of "if I have a baby..." because I figured that by saying "when" I was giving a clear message to the powers that be (God, the universe...whatever) that I fully intended to have a child (I just wasn't in control of the time frame). Of course that wasn't the only thing I did to reach my goal, but in a powerful way I believe it shaped my future by constantly reinforcing my intention as, indeed, several years later and against all odds, I did manage to conceive naturally.
Once we understand that what we say has power, we can begin to play with it. Here's another little story to illustrate the point...
One day a woman found a dime on the ground and said to herself, "How can it get better than this?" A block or two later she found a dollar and asked herself again, "How can it get better than this?" She walked further still and found twenty dollars and again asked, "How can it get better than this?" She arrived home and found a diamond bracelet in the gutter and said, "It can't get better than this!" And, indeed, it didn't.I don't know if it's a true story or not, but I love the concept - it ties in nicely to my own habit of saying not "if" but "when." Can you see how an open-ended question throws the door open for anything to happen while a statement slams it shut? What if we live our lives and choose our words in such a way that invites miracles rather than putting limits on what life serves up?
I am excited by the possibilities and will be choosing my words carefully. How can it get better than this? I can't wait to find out.