by Diana Marie Winkler on December 6, 2015



                                “CHANGE YOUR WORDS……CHANGE YOUR WORLD

                                                                               ANDREA GARDNER 

       I read this quote on a video I was watching and my immediate reaction was, “WOW, how true!” Being cognizant of how I say things, not just to others, but to myself takes an effort on my part. Doing so makes a difference of how I feel about myself and how I may make another feel about himself.

     How often, when something not so great, unexpectedly happens we may hear ourselves say, “It figures, this always happens to me” or “If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all!” I have come to realize saying such negative words is like putting a curse on one’s self.  It’s like making ourselves a target for the negative plane to fly over us and dump its waste/garbage on us!

     Through trial and error, when the negative happens I try to chalk it up to a life lesson. I try to come up with another way of dealing with it. To be honest, I sometimes release a loud, “AAARRRGGG!!” then I remember I am not a pirate!

     One day on my way to morning Mass, carrying a large package to take to the post office afterwards, I slipped on a patch of ice and fell. (I allow myself one fall per winter!!) Looking up to the heavens I said, “Really, Lord, I’m on my way to Mass!” I was able to get up on my own, nothing was broken or sprained and was able to give thanks for what did not happen. Giggling, I remembered a story I read about St. Teresa of Avila who was knocked off her donkey, falling into the mud injuring her leg. “Lord, she said, you couldn’t have picked a worse time for this to happen. Why would you let this happen?” The response in prayer she heard, “That is how I treat all my friends”. She replied, “And that’s why you have so few of them!”

     You and I know life is not always a “bed of roses.” As beautiful are the roses there are thorns. I must confess, as much as I want to look for the positive, I do at times allowed myself a short personal pity party. I get it out of my system then say to the Lord, “Okay, here it is, it’s Yours.” I then mentally lay it at His Feet.

     There are times you will have to really look for the “silver lining”, but it can be found if you are persistent. I know from experience one can talk oneself out of a down time. I start with prayer then I search the Bible for verses or quotes that will lift me up.

     “Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healthful

       to the body.” Proverb 16:24










**Note: CHANGE YOUR WORDS… CHANGE YOUR WORLD                                                                                                    Book written by Andrea Gardner.








Diana Marie Winkler – The shepherd’s daughter®






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