Internationally acclaimed author and speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” While I prefer to not quote others (after all, how will I become famous if I’m always quoting someone else?), this phrase has been life-changing for me. I could only hope that I would say something as profound to have an effect on someone, as Dr. Dyer has had on me.
Again, something I heard caused a shift in my thinking. I heard then-Governor Ronald Reagan say that California could welcome his new definition of a 4-letter word – WORK. I was not able to actually find the quote as I researched for this blog-post. Maybe it was not considered that profound to most but it was to me. He went on to make great changes in the California Welfare system, discouraging hand-outs.
Four letter words get a bad rap. Ronald Reagan did something about that. And so, two-hundred forty-four days ago, I decided to do something about it too!, I’ve been posting my own four-letter words on Facebook ever since, with a hope of inspiring others to take action in their lives. Sometimes I wonder if anybody is really cares, but I had to let go of that and write for me. It has been challenging to find words, apply them to my life and challenge others to consider how that word might benefit them too.
Can one person make a difference? I think so! Wayne Dyer made a difference in my life. So did Ronald Reagan. In 1993, a friend named Janet told me that miracles were all around me, when my heart was open to receive them. At the time I weighed over 250 lbs, and really needed a miracle in my life. I got my miracle – for the first time in my life, I stuck to my diet, lost a significant amount of weight and continue to maintain a one-hundred pound weight loss for the last 18 years. Now if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is, especially considering that I had yo-yoed up over 200 lbs three times in my eating-dieting career.
I guess my whole point here is that I have no idea who might be impacted by something I say. While my words might be intentional and helpful, they could also be unintentional and hurtful. How many times has another’s words hurt my feelings? I’m not someone who springs back from that either. It is important that I take my time, consider the effect and then speak. Other times may require that I just keep my mouth shut. It’s just good to have that awareness on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.