It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Chapter 10, Page 9, Book 12
Speak gently. It is better by far to rule by love than fear. Speak gently. Let no harsh word mar the good you may do here.
Speak gently to the young, for they will have enough to bear; pass through this life as best they may, 'tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently to the aged one Grieve not the care-worn heart, whose sand of life are nearly run, let such in peace depart.
Speak gently, kindly to the poor, let no harsh tone be heard. They have enough they must endure without an unkind word.
Speak gently... 'tis a little thing dropped in the heart's deep well; The good, the joy that it may bring eternity shall tell.
by David Bates
This poem is a lesson I've had to learn more than once in my life. Sometimes we don't actually hear how we talk to ourself and others. Most of us would cringe if we recorded and listened to our conversations. So often the root to what causes us to blow u[ is our insecurity.Money, relationship, and health concerns can cause us to tense up and react to those around us.
When you are kind to yourself, it is easy and natural to be kind to others. We tend to be quick to criticise others when they make a mistake, but often omit to point out when they are doing something right. It only takes a minute each day to tell somebody who crosses your path what you appreciate about them.
Here are some nuggets from Proverbs 15 to tuck away in our hearts as spiritual snack food that can renew our energy when we are weary in choosing to speak gently, even if our words must be hard.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
And don’t we all often need the reminder that our words have weight and power?