Trail words are words you speak which leave lasting impressions, whether good or bad.
Most of us can remember a time when the words trailing from our mouth was something that hadn’t come out the right way, or was just thoughtless? You wanted to hide under a table, run away, or swear it wasn’t you who had said it.
It’s these times that we may soon forget, but that moment may not be as easily forgotten by someone else.
It’s important to choose our words wisely. Good impressions are important, and our words can make a difference in the lives of others.
If we put into practice taking care with what we say (and what we think) we may do a whole lot better. By practicing good and sunny thoughts and words, we can avoid the bad ones from slipping out. There are many of us (including me) who have to remind ourselves when our thoughts aren’t in the proper place… and that is where it begins, in your thinking.
One technique for practicing good thoughts and words is affirmations. Affirming good thoughts, quotes and phrases, and reading good things will help. You want your trail words to leave a wonderful lasting impression on those around you.
Can you remember something that someone has said previously that still sticks with you? Even though it may have happened years ago, and even if you’ve forgiven them, you may still have that “word, thought, or impression” buried deep inside.
When I was about 12, I had a friend tell me that I wasn’t very pretty. Though I knew that I wasn’t exceptional, I didn’t feel that I warranted being placed on the “ugly list”. Of course, at that age, I battled with it for a while… never feeling like I matched up. It was something I probably already felt, and by having it verbalized it confirmed to me that I wasn’t much to look at. After a while I got over it… and understood that beauty was more than just your outer appearance. However, still after all these 45+ years later, I remember it. It was probably just a thoughtless moment, which left a lasting impression.
It may behoove you to choose your friends wisely. In the incident mentioned above, this girl was not malicious, but there are some folks who love to tear others down. Avoid them. Negative Nellie’s in your vicinity should be removed, and especially from your close friend list. Certainly, you cannot remove everyone from your circle because of work, family, or other circumstances. You can, however limit their access to you. Everyone needs a friend, and it’s best to be friendly, but use wisdom. Not many want to be killed by a tongue lashing, so be careful.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
My advice is to choose your friends wisely and watch your trail words… it’s nicer to be remembered for lifting others up, instead of tearing them down, whether intentional or not.
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