Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and author of Tao Te Ching once said,
“Watch your thoughts, they become words,
Watch your words, they become actions,
Watch your actions , they become habits,
Watch your habits, they become character,
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
We express our thoughts through the medium of words. Words have the power to transform…they can exhort us, push us, spur us, goad us, encourage us to reach those pinnacles of success that we dream of. On the other hand, words, if not uttered with awareness, may drown us to those depths in the ocean of misery, where-from it may not, sometimes, be possible to come out unscathed. Horace (65-8 B.C.), the great Roman poet said, “And once sent out, a word takes wing beyond recall.” Words, therefore, have the power to build our character and in turn shape our destiny.
When we explore our existence, we find that we are interconnected; within one self, with our family members, with other individuals in the organizations we work for and in the society, and also with plants, trees, and animals in the nature. In fact, the whole world revolves around relationships and the quality of life that we lead is determined by the relationships that we have. Relationships with other individuals have feelings and emotions and when there is harmony in our relationships, we experience happiness. Words play an important role in nurturing these relationships. How our relationships will eventually turn out depends, to a large extent, on the words that we use. So, it is vital that whenever we utter a word, we do so with utmost responsibility, awareness and right understanding.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
These lines have been a part and parcel of my life, have guided me through thick and thin, motivated me to go on doing my best and have had a transforming effect on me.
So, words have the power to transform…we need to express them in our relationships with responsibility, right understanding, and awareness so as to experience happiness.