One of Today’s Great, GREAT Needs: Bridling the Tongue

Note to Self:  Neal, STOP CHECKING THE NEWS!  It’s so bad.

[Disclaimer:  I really don’t think all news is bad.  But the news that the news biggies decide to cover is overwhelmingly horrendous.]

And so much of the bad news has to do with the garbage that comes out of people’s MOUTHS.  Last  night, I went to CNN and did a few screenshots of the headlines.  Notice the use of the “mouth” in them:

And in my favorite, even God was speaking:

FOX also covered the mouth:

I had to read that one, of course.  That Michelle!  Getting Roseanne fired.  So mean.

Horrifically chilling.  I couldn’t watch the video.  Why would anyone?

But great news:

What comes out of the mouth these days is beyond insanity.  We need a return to civility of the spoken word and its humane morality.  I don’t know what your stance on the Bible might be, but some of its commentary on what comes out of the mouth is just plain common sense:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”         Ephesians 4:29

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”                                                             Proverbs 18:21

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”                 Proverbs 21:23

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”                                                                                              Matthew 15:11

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”                                                                        James 1:26

The bottom line is this:

I certainly cannot influence what Roseanne or Trump or the Parkland shooter or that heckler says, but I most certainly can influence what I say and can dictate the tone and the intention of the words that come out of my mouth.  So can you.

I urge you, as I urge myself, to begin to notice the impact of our daily words–to our family, to our neighbors, to the mail carrier, the waitress, the underpaid hotel housekeeper, our enemies and especially all the children in our lives.

We CAN speak Words of Encouragement, Words of Life if we choose.

Let us choose wisely.  That will be good news.

Walk Away

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Walk Savannah, GA

One of my favorite quirky things to do when I am walking (especially on longer, leisurely walks, as opposed to, say, walking from the parking lot of Dairy Queen to the counter inside Dairy Queen) is to think about what I would like to be “walking into” and then make up quick little proclamations that assert my desires–and assert them repeatedly as I stride along.

“I am walking into greater health with each step I take.”

“I am walking closer to my dharma, my purpose, with my every step in life.”

“Each step takes me closer to joyful, financial freedom.”

(“Each step also takes me closer to my Peanut Buster Parfait at the counter of Dairy Queen.”)

(“Why do they make the counter so far away from the parking lot?)

“I walk with confidence into the next successful phase of my long, healthy life.”

“I walk with youthful vigor.”

Walking up the steps of Savannah’s Telfair Museum with grandtwins Matthew and Madison.









I LOVE this simple, fun exercise.  Try it sometime.  It’ll make you feel better.  And lose weight.  (Except for the Dairy Queen thing.)

But, you know, sometimes it might just be more important to WALK AWAY FROM instead of WALK INTO.

Parting can be sorrow, perhaps sweet sorrow.  I don’t know about you, but I need to walk away from some things.

“I walk away from the tendency to judge those different from me.”

“I turn my back on criticizing.”

“I walk, no, run, quickly away from anything that makes me unhealthy.”

“Goodbye, worry.”

What about you?  What are saying, “See ya!” to?

Let’s walk away.

The View from Behind Unicorns

The thing I really like about unicorns is that they are just so real.  Especially in spirit.

See?  That’s real, right?

Sometimes “mythological” is so much more real than “reality-ogical,”  i.e, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” FOX, CNN or any other news channel, etc.

For further example, here’s a story from the UK about hiring unicorns for bday parties: Rent Me!

I would so rent one!  Wouldn’t you?

Adjectives often associated with unicorns (as opposed to, say, Trump or Pelosi):

  • gallant
  • graceful
  • joyful
  • beautiful
  • heraldic
  • vivacious
  • peaceable
  • iridescent
  • magical
  • magnificent
  • precious

Unicorns have specific focus.  Duh … “uni.”  And their focus?  Simple:  BELIEF IN A GREATER REALTY, A REALITY OF IMAGINATION AND PURE JOY.

I urge you to get behind the Unicorn Movement and believe in something real:  imagination, possibility, humor, fantasia, hope, fun, happiness, health, unity of focus and intent.

But be careful, Trump and Pelosi, unicorns mean business.

… I will cut into your monotheistic view of life.  There’s SO MUCH MORE.

(Robert and I in front of a real unicorn in Atlanta a while back.)

Have you seen them?  The unicorns?

If so, what did they say to you?