Monday, January 23, 2017
How Do You Color Your World?
I understand there are people who become depressed during the gray months of winter but I find beauty there. And cold weather is so much easier to deal with than hot. Although, I'm not sure I would say that if I lived in a frozen tundra state. Ha!
In the midst of a drab winter, how can we color our world? In the midst of a friend's difficult time, how can we color their world? When someone is having a bad day, how can we color their world? When a child is sad, how can we color their world?
The words we choose and the tone of voice used to back up those words can make the world of difference in the day of the people with whom we converse. I've seen it happen in the checkout line at the grocery store. Someone in front of me had nothing but negative things to say and directed every single one of those words at the cashier. The poor cashier's face went from holding a welcoming smile to confusion to anger. When it was my turn, I immediately greeted her with a smile and commented, "People. Sheesh." We both laughed a little and I tried my best to turn her day around. I know what it's like to have someone ruin my day with an ugly attitude. That's not to say I haven't doled out an attitude or two in my time. I've been on both sides. I prefer to share a smile with a little polite conversation.
It's easy to tell people to shake it off and not let people influence you like that but, the fact is, they do influence your mood. They are what I call, spirit crushers. Everyone, including those in powerful positions, MUST be careful when choosing their words and their tone of voice. It may be helpful to remember that what we say reflects what's in our hearts.
Winter does not last forever. Like all things, the drab times pass. But we do not have to sit idly by waiting for a more color filled season to arrive. We can add beautiful, vibrant colors just by choosing to speak kindness to others.
How do you color your winter world?