Words contain within them, an enormous power. Many of us might remember words that inspired us in the form of books which shaped our foundation and opened us to new ways of seeing the world.
It could be a conversation that you had with a friend, teacher, family member or colleague, whose words that had the power to heal, that gives you strength in times of crisis.
In the same way, we can feel the way our body responds, when we hear words that come from anger, jealousy and resentment.
EXCERPT- “she would still recall the words used by her former teacher that undermined her confidence and caused her to doubt her abilities. She said it took her years to face those words and gather courage to see that the words came from a place of ignorance. “
Like any tool, words can be both beneficial and harmful, depending on how and why we use them.
EXCERPT- “When Lavanya who was normally a bubbly teenager, suddenly became withdrawn, we were concerned. She was someone who loved to participate in all aspects of school life but she started frequently missing classes and skipping school. When we called her in to speak to us, we found that she had been the subject of rumours in the classroom, initiated by students who felt resentful of her popularity. Some of them had started to gossip about her on Social media and, the cyber bullying in some ways was uglier than the classroom events. At that time the ill effects of gossip clearly visible to us.”
Those who had indulged in it admitted that they never knew that something that was meant to be harmless had gone out of control.
That is the nature of gossip. It is a form of energy that can find expression through destructive means. The solution is to really see within oneself the reasons why one is addicted to talking about other people. It could be that our minds are bored and looking for excitement.
The next time one gossips, become aware of what it does to you and others, and see if it is really worth contributing to word pollution.
People could only act according to their level of development. When we complain constantly about people, we pollute our ideas about them. We see people as a complaint and thus cannot see any other facets of their life or personality.
Gently observing ourselves will be a reminder of the effects of word pollution.
In all the roles you play — student, teacher, employee, a member of society — the quality of your genuine interaction will be a shining example of living life in a word pollution-free zone.
Enjoy your own journey as you explore ways to make your life word pollution, free.