It was an exciting day in Utopia, Ontario, Canada yesterday!
Our home is on the robins’ flight path as they head south and return north. Yesterday I looked out my north facing window to see robins everywhere in the backyard! They had stopped for a bite to eat and to rest their wings before continuing their journey. I have to say that it warmed my heart to see them.
This week, as the earth in our part of the world begins to break out of its winter rest, I was reminded that rest for humanity is not limited to a season, but rather, should be part of our daily lives. CREATION Health, the international program created by the Florida Hospital, defines rest in 3 categories: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. There is a simple thing we can do to provide rest in all three categories at the same time … speak good words.
To speak good words means we must lay to rest words of condemnation, words of harmful criticism, hurtful words, confusing words, words of despair … to lay to rest every word that is not driven by love, or filled with love.
By making the decision to speak only good words, we rest our physical bodies from the upset of negative emotional responses; we rest our minds from the turmoil of negative thoughts and words; and we rest our spirits from the battle between speaking good words in love vs the harmful words our human hearts want to shout.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when we must speak a word of correction, but by cultivating the habit of speaking good words, even our words of correction can become pearls of wisdom and comfort.
We may not always have good words spoken to us, but we can pay good words forward. All it takes is a change of habit … We can do it!