Words have power. The power to hurt and the power to heal. In grief, it isn’t uncommon that the well-intentioned words of another actually do more harm than good. Someone says the wrong thing at the wrong time and it knocks the air right out of us. As if we have been punched in the gut. I can’t tell you how many times someone said the wrong thing or said something that my sensitive heart took the wrong way. It is so easy to give these words more power than they deserve.
But words also have the power to heal. The power to settle into our hearts and uplift our souls. Sometimes just hearing the right words can supply what your heart needs for a moment or even the day. They can help to change the direction you are headed – they can help lead you to where you want to be. Words that uplift the spirit can be a gift. They can help us to set new intentions, motivate us, and sometimes even pull us out of dark places. They can make us feel less alone in our heartache. These are the words that we need to give focus to. These are the words that are deserving of space in our hearts. These are the words that we should let overcome us.
As holidays approach – it is usually a given that someone will say (or not say) something that will twist the knife a little deeper. Just making the season that much more difficult. Let’s not give these words more power than what they are worth. These words do not deserve space in your heart. Not now. Not ever. Push these words aside and make room for words that will lift your soul – not tear it down.
I know this is easier said than done. But where you choose to focus your energy is up to you. We can choose to focus on the bad or focus on the good. Even though it isn’t easy – we can let those negative words go. We can choose not to let them conquer us.
It’s no secret that I am a sucker for words – especially those that speak loudly to my heart.
“Hope is being able to see the light despite all of the darkness.”
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
“Courage, dear heart.”
“I have been bent and broken – but I hope – into a better shape.”
I can go on for days with words that uplift my soul, ground me, and inspire me. But one of my favorites is this one by Anita Sams – “Let me be as a feather. Strong with purpose, yet light at heart, able to bend. And tho I may become frayed, able to pull myself together again.” This quote speaks volumes to my heart. It reminds me to find the strength I need to make it through moments of difficulty and to live a purposeful life – one full of intention. It reminds me that I need to be flexible, to let go of the things that I shouldn’t hold onto, and to be light at heart. But most importantly – it reminds me that I will have moments where life ultimately unravels, where life will seem unbearable. I will rise and I will fall. What matters is that I always rise again. These words remind me to raise myself up from the brokenness and not allow myself to get stuck there for too long. Since Silas passed away, this has been my life quote – the quote I live by. I want to share this with anyone who may need this same reminder.
What is your life quote? What quote uplifts your heart the most? What words inspire you? What words deserve the most space in your heart this holiday season? Let’s share UPLIFTing words with each other in hopes that we can help to lift our hurting hearts this season. Together – we can focus on the words that will bring hope & healing. Together – we can share words that breathe strength back into our bones… during a time we may need it most.
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