A word fitt1y spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
— Proverbs 25:11
By our words we are justified or condemned.
— The Science of Mind, page 449
Apples of Gold
In his poem, “Primer Lesson,” Carl Sandburg tells us: “Watch out how you use proud words./ When you let proud words go, it is not easy, to call them back./ They wear long hard boots; they walk off proud;/ they can’t hear you calling — Look out how you, use proud words.”
Another warning to prevent the misuse of words is found in the saying that mothers often tell their children: “Count to ten before you say anything while you are angry.” Mothers know that the youngster will be sorry later, because a word is one thing that cannot be recalled. And yet there are moments when people are governed by the heat of emotion, and those proud words wearing long hard boots pop out. If you feel this beginning to happen, take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for the silent count of ten while thinking, “God is Love.” Then breathe out slowly, exhaling all anger and fear. Do this three times. This is an ancient Tibetan exercise that calms the heart as well as the emotions and thoughts.
On the opposite side, however, let’s take a look at words that have the power to heal. How often have you had the experience of meeting a friend who was feeling down and when you smiled and expressed a caring word, perked up and said, “I really needed that.” There is just one catch to this healing formula. You have to mean it.
The next time you are faced with a problem situation, try gently uttering “a word fitly spoken” and enjoy the rewards that return to you as “apples of gold.”
Today I am the gatekeeper of my tongue.
I only allow words of beauty, comfort,
and happiness to pass through the portals of my soul.
Before speaking a sound,
I constantly remind myself that the password is Love.