Posted by: DCox | January 22, 2009

We Are Known by Our Words…

How do others come to know us? They can watch our actions, which may be misleading. Ever been caught in a situation and felt compelled to enlighten others about what was really happening? In truth, our actions and behaviors may lead others to conclusions about us that are faulty. We use words to interpret our actions – to explain ourselves to others.

People learn much about us through our words.

Our words are a window into our personality, our feelings, and our understanding of the world. Our friends, families and acquaintances also come to learn what value we attribute to the dignity of others by the words we use. Do we use words that convey contempt or compassion for others?

talk-1Our words, if not highly filtered, let others know us as we reveal our thoughts and feelings. Therefore, these same words impact the quality of our relationships and ultimately our life.

Learn the value of a man’s words and expressions, and you know him. Each man has a measure of his own for everything; this he offers you inadvertently in his words. He who has a superlative for everything wants a measure for the great or small. — Johann Kaspar Lavater

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should indeed be careful what we say. — Confucius

According to Solomon, life and death are in the power of the tongue; and as Euripedes truly affirmeth, every unbridled tongue in the end shall find itself unfortunate; in all that ever I observed I ever found that men’s fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues, and more men’s fortunes overthrown thereby, also, than by their vices. — Sir Walter Raleigh

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