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“The words you speak become the house you
live in.” This is a famous quote from the Persian poet Khawaja Shams-ud-din
Muhammad Hafez-e Shiraz also known as Hafez. He was alive during the 14th-century
and lived in Iran. He mainly wrote lyric poetry. His poems expressed divine
inspiration in the form of endearment poems.

matter. For many years’ parents have used the rhyme: “Sticks and stones may
break my bones, but words will never hurt me. So call me this and call me that,
but call yourself a dirty rat.” This rhyme is used to help children not get
their feelings hurt when being called names. Words have an extreme impact
whether you are taught to ignore or not. I think that Hafez meant that the
words you speak to others or yourself will determine how you live. This quote
is similar to the saying “You made your bed now sleep in it.” What you say
affects others as well as yourself. You can inspire and uplift other people or
you can tear them down. The way you speak to people will affect the way people
treat you. Words crystalize perceptions that shape our behavior, our beliefs,
and ultimately create our world. Choose carefully. Words have a lot of power over you and
others. They can be forgiven, but rarely forgotten. Your use of words will
reveal to others what kind of person you are. Words exchanged between people
hold a tremendous amount of power, but arguably, the words we speak to
ourselves possess even more power. The way you speak to yourself can defeat you
or uplift you into a better person. Choose carefully the way you use your
words, as inspiration and encouragement to yourself and others. The right words
at the wrong time can be just as harmful as the wrong words. Unkind words will
stick to someone for years and shape the way they perceive themselves. Words
left unsaid can be just as harmful. As a leader you must learn how to use your
words wisely. The right words at the right time can make a huge difference in
someone’s life.                           

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are humans so affected by the words we speech? Out loud and in our own minds.

Humans are social animals meaning we thrive when we interact with others. The
way we interact with each other affects the way we feel about ourselves. When
you have a positive conversation with someone it doesn’t make you
self-conscious. When you have a negative conversation your brain does this
thing where we keep thinking something’s wrong with our self. We become
self-conscious. When you hear destructive words from others you automatically
think you have to change. We are at our greatest when we are surrounded by
positive thoughts. The way you perceive yourself is extremely powerful in how
you will succeed. When listening to one speak the words are pushed into the
left temporal lobe for your brain to process. Your brain then takes the information and creates an emotion
to correspond with the words.

Even seeing a list of negative words will make an anxious, depressed or uneasy
person feel worse then already felt. Once you are exposed to negative word your
brain will automatically start to ruminate on them. This will disrupt your
appetite; sleep schedule, as well as you ability to experience long-term
happiness. When you hear negativity, stress chemicals will be released, not
only in listener’s brain but yours as well. Someone listening to negative
speech will experience increased irritability and anxiety thus damaging trust
and cooperation. Negative words spoken with aggression do more damage then
normal. This will interfere with the frontal lobe impairing the person’s
ability to make rational decisions.  When
someone is taught to turn negative thoughts into positive and affirming words
in improves self-control and confidence. There’s a slight problem: the brain
doesn’t respond to positive words or thoughts. These thoughts are not a threat
to our survival so the brain doesn’t respond as quickly as the negativity.

Have I ever struggled with the words that
were spoken to me? People who are not close with me have judged me. I choose
not to partake in what they have to say. I have many close friends whom are
always uplifting others. I choose to surround myself with people who express
positive attitudes. Have I ever experienced word in a way that have found
healing? I find a lot of healing in music as well as poetry. The way my friends
inspire me and help me through any trouble is healing. When I have destructive
thought I turn to music or a friend to talk about it. I turn to myself as well
to get rid of the destructive thoughts and instead I think of things that
inspire me to get closer to where I want to be. When I am feeling critical I
listen to music that helps me get out of that state of destruction. I have been
working to train my mind to becoming a positive place. What kind of experiences
has led me to understand that kind speech attracts kindness, and rude speech
attracts rudeness. Throughout the years I have learned how to speak to others.

When I was a younger, girls who gossiped and were unkind to each other
surrounded me.  I began to think that was
the way to fit in and make friends. I carried that assumption for a couple
years. I seemed to fit in with the other girls but the others often teared me
down. It wasn’t till about 5th grade when I switched schools that I
abruptly learned that it wasn’t the way to treat others. I felt terrible about
the way I had acted and quickly changed my ways. Ever since I was focused on
including everyone and never saying anything that would make people doubt my
trustworthiness. Do words have the power to hurt? Absolutely, words can be the
most painful thing depending on how someone has treated you. Because of the way
our generation is treating others has led to a generation of depression. Young
teens will hide behind a computer or electronic and bully others. I find this
way of speaking to be weak and cowardly. Our generation has grown to think its
ok to judge others and make assumptions. They think they can express everything
they find wrong in another, when the bully themselves have flaws as well. We
all do. The words we are using are so destructive that people can’t see the
good in themselves any longer. Words can kill. Do words have the power to heal?
Words can be destructive or they can heal/inspire. It depends on how you choose
to use them. If you choose to heal your words can be as healing as they can
destruct. Words can inspire people to be better and to reach for their dreams
and achieve them. Our world is shaped from inspiration as well as destruction.

The greatest accomplishments in life have been from those who used words in a healing
way. They have inspired people around them. Inspirational words can have
tremendous power. Have I ever struggled with the words I say to myself? I have
had trouble with the things I say about myself, both to myself and out loud to
other people. Statements and inner thoughts I have about myself can tear me
down one day and uplift me the next. I have been taught that the way you think
will change the way you feel as well. If you were to think negative,
destructive thoughts you would feel terrible. One of the greatest skills is
when you learn to think in a way that doesn’t affect you negatively. I work
everyday to help myself get closer to that state of mind. The most trouble I
have is in my head. Destructive thoughts will tear you down even if others are
kind to you. Your worst enemy as well as your best friend is your mind. If you
train it correctly you will be able to overcome any obstacle you choose.

Why is this quote
interesting to me? I already have so many thoughts about this topic and this
quote perfectly expresses the way I feel. I am inspired to keep training my
mind into becoming positive. I am inspired to become the best I can be. I want
to believe I can. “Believe you can and you are half way there.” –Theodore
Roosevelt. I believe your mind is your most powerful tool, you must learn how
to use it. Words are the most powerful force available to humanity.