Be Impeccable With Your Words
“Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” ―Don Miguel Ruiz
Food For Thought
Be Impeccable With Your Words
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
It’s an age-old kids’ rhyme… but how true is it really?
We’ve all felt our fair share of physical pain — bruises, scratches, broken bones — but when compared to emotional hurt, which one is harder to shake?
For most injuries, there is little pain after the initial shock. Our cuts heal, bruises go away, and bones fuse back together. But when someone calls you a name, gossips about you, or says something mean, it sticks in your head a lot longer than the memory of physical pain does.
The truth is… words have power. They can hurt, and they can heal. They can tear down someone’s world or build it up.
That’s why we need to be careful with what we say. We must be impeccable with our words.
Word Origin: Impeccable
Peccable comes from the Latin word “pecatus”, which means “sin.” The “im” in impeccable means “without.” So, impeccable means “without sin.”
Word Origin: Sin
A sin is anything that you do which goes against yourself, what you value, or what you believe. In Hebrew, the word “chait” is often translated to “sin.” A closer interpretation of the word is “to make a mistake,” or “to be off the mark.” So a “sin” is something that misses the mark of what you value yourself to be.
To be impeccable therefore means not going against yourself.
And to be impeccable with your words means being careful that what you say does not go against the values you hold to be true.
Your words have the power to both create and destroy. It’s a shame that humans often use words thoughtlessly.
We are loose-lipped and don’t properly vet our thoughts before they come tumbling out of our mouths.
We forget just how much impact what we say can have on someone, either positively or negatively. The words we choose to use build our own reality and build the reality of those around us.
Be thoughtful about what you say. Every time you open your mouth is an opportunity to stay true to yourself and what you value… or an opportunity to stray from that path. 🤗
This point — to be impeccable with your word — is part of a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called The Four Agreements, which we will be highlighting this week in Mission Daily! Here’s the schedule:
Monday — Be Impeccable with Your Words; Don’t Take Anything Personally
Tuesday — Don’t Make Assumptions; Always Do Your Best
Wednesday — The Fifth Agreement
Thursday and Friday — Interviews with the sons of author Don Miguel Ruiz.
For more on the power of words, tune in below. ⤵️
The Power of Your Words and Non-Judgment
Your words hold immense influence over yourself and others. In this episode, Chad and Stephanie discuss the power your words carry and how you can begin to practice non-judgment and start living a gossip-free life.
How to Shape Your Reality With Your Word
“Procabulary gives us an edge through the power of language. An edge over the seemingly trivial thoughts that can, and usually do, add up to big problems. Muhammad Ali has a great quote about this, ‘It’s not the mountain that we climb that wears us out. It’s the pebble in our shoe.’
Those pebbles in our shoes are made of Conflict Language. Countless instances of ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, and ‘haven’t’; constantly giving up our power by blaming others and relentless indecision. These things cause epic amounts of pain for ourselves, our loved ones and the world around us.”
Give It A Read
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Written by Don Miguel Ruiz in 1997, The Four Agreements has been transforming relationships for more than 20 years. Ruiz uncovers the sources of our self-limiting beliefs and offers four rules to follow that will allow you to live life to the fullest:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
Warrior vs Victim
“The big difference between a warrior and a victim is that the victim represses and the warrior refrains.” ― Don Miguel Ruiz
Sign Off ✌️
Another week, another theme! This time we’re talking all about relationships and how you should be interacting with your friends, family, acquaintances, and enemies, so stay tuned!
And don’t forget to check out Don Miguel Ruiz’s (very short) book, The Four Agreements, which we will be using as a guide. 📚🤓
This was originally published on March 11, 2019 as The Mission’s daily newsletter. To subscribe, go here.
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