Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Think Before You Speak
"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto you, O Lord, my Rock and my Salvation". (Psalms 19:14)
Since my Brain Surgery to remove the two tumors back in December 2012, I have had go to Speech Therapy. I have been working to reprogram some of my vocabulary to connect in the cognitive thinking area of my brain so I can communicate those words that are blocked and not connecting. I may know the word and sometimes it is right on the tip of my tongue but I just can't communicate it. It is like it is just blocked out of my verbal communication. So in Speech Therapy, I work on hundreds of words, their meanings, their opposites, I try to list as many synonyms as I can for a certain word and attempt to do all this within 5 seconds! It is really quite challenging as I try to think of these words. Some are really a struggle for me, others are a real breeze, and some of the words I just have to pass over and come back to them later.
Since I am working with all of these "words", I have started taking note, in a different light, of the many words and phrases people use and also those that are in what I read. There are so many words - some I have never attempted to use! I must say that I am almost fascinated by them. Many of these words have different meanings with the different context of use. Even "opposite" words and their meanings come in different degrees!
Through all of these word exercises I am having to do, I've come to realize how import our vocabulary is . . . it can build up or it can tear down; it can spread rumors or lies or it can speak volumes of truth; it can help or hinder; it can encourage and inspire or it can put down and belittle; it can be necessary to speak or it can be idle, course joking and of little use; it can be kind and understanding or it can be hurtful and harmful. We choose what we want to come out of our mouths, what falls upon the ears of our children, families, friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers. We choose with ever word. Before you speak . . . THINK! This is such good advice for all of us to remember.
I want to think before I speak and know what the words I am speaking are really saying. Psalms 19:14 says this, "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto you, O Lord, my Rock and my Salvation". During this time of speech recovery, I have claimed this scripture to stand upon. It is my hope and prayer that as my learned words reconnect to my verbal vocabulary they will communicate what is pleasing to my Lord.