The words in the way…

The sun sets on another day…

Have you ever actually sat down and considered all the words that we use every day? Have you ever actually sat down and thought about how your words affect other people?

Today I had to consider how I interpreted words on a daily basis. After having a discussion, I realized that I was building preconceived notions about words as they were being said. As I considered that I realized that I was almost prejudicial in my interpretation of words not necessarily based on the person but based on my past determination of words and meaning.

Now that’s not completely my fault. We all build our vocabulary based on reading or speaking to others. I will be one of the first to admit that I have read far more than I have spoken to people and in doing so I have situational prejudice More than I have tonal prejudice of words. If you add a couple of bad experiences with people who speak “sideways” then interpretation becomes very difficult.

Who cares right?

When you use words like prejudice people get a little numb nowadays. If you realize that all it means is developing a preconceived notion based on past experience or lack of past experience, then you have to shift the entire way that you think. I believe fully I will eventually overcome some of my ways of interpreting words, but I also know that when some people say things they truly do say them with avarice in their hearts. A situation that comes to mind is if you are intentionally trying to negate someone statement weather in jest or in the seriousness and that statement may be true with the information you have at hand you are being combative no matter what words you say. A lot of people see this as being sarcastic, but you can as easily see it as being vocally combative.

Perhaps the solution is considering the words that you’re about to say and the subject you’re about to say them too. For example, you would not talk about having a bad hair day to someone who has no hair. By the same token you should not undermine a person’s opinion unless you are absolutely certain your opinion is without flaw.

Sounds easy doesn’t it? It’s not. All I can say is something that I read so many years ago and now give to you: “be careful what you say, make your words sound soft and sweet, for you don’t know from day to day, which ones you’ll have to eat.” (and yes, I have used the other ending to that, “which ones I’ll make you eat”, oh well)

So as the sun sets on a fantastic day let’s consider our words and enjoy our moments and in the end let’s try to have the best day that we can and give others a good day too. I believe you can do it no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy day…

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