When I was a little boy, my mother used to read me and my sister stories from a big illustrated book of the Brothers Grimm. One of the stories (and illustrations) I recall vividly involved a story of two sisters. The younger sister was extremely kind. Her kindness was surpassed only by her physical beauty. Her elder sister was equally pretty, but extremely jealous, which she voiced in harsh words and vicious comments. One day, while their parents were away, the two sisters were home alone when an old woman with a sack of clothes came by the house in desperate need of water. The elder sister uttered nasty words refusing to help her. Upon hearing this, the younger sister ran to her aid and attended to all her needs. When fully rested, the elderly traveler said to the young women, I have gifts for you both. To the kind sister, she said, “Whenever you speak words of kindness, diamond, pearls and gems shall fall from your lips. Your kindness shall never be forgotten.” As the pretty young woman offered words of thanks, two precious diamonds and a sparkling ruby fell from her mouth into her hands. Upon seeing this, the elder sister demanded to know what the old woman would give her. “Every time you speak ugly words, snakes and frogs shall crawl out of your mouth.” The elder sister yelled, “Get out you old, miserable hag.” As she uttered these words, just as the traveled had foretold, two snakes slithered out of her mouth and dropped to the floor, rapping themselves around her ankles.
In case you missed the moral to this story, let me state the obvious: Choose your words wisely. It is easy to speak kind words when you are feeling happy. It is far more difficult to be diplomatic in times of stress, which is all the more reason to do so, if for no other reason, so there is less mess to clean up afterward. As my mother used to say, “I wish you many diamonds today and every day.”
Stress Tip for the Day:
As was once explained to me, words are like arrows. Once they leave your month, you can never take them back. Think before you speak. Make it a habit to speak words of kindness today. Let your words be gems of light that raise consciousness to all who might hear them.
Links, Books & Movies Worth Noting
This link was sent to me last week, and its beautiful message brought tears to my eyes. I hope you are equally moved.
Quote for the Day:
“Is it true, is it necessary, is it kind? These are three questions to ask yourself before you speak.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Photo for the Day:
Today’s photo is an image I took last year while filming Earth Songs up in Teton National Park. The Tetons are the crown jewel of the National Park system. Diamonds of a different kind. Enjoy.
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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