Words to Ponder

At Weightwatchers (my “support” group) yesterday morning, the leader had this statement on the flip chart.  Of course, she was using it in reference to changing eating habits, but I think they are words that can be applied to our lives in general:

Thoughts become words

Words become actions

Actions become habits.

When I think about this it makes me realize that there really are no “idle” thoughts.  Our thoughts are constantly changing, redefining, refining or affirming our beliefs and our view of our world and those around us, according to what we see and hear. 

And those thoughts do shape the words we use — whether carefully selected or just blurted out.  

And, doesn’t any action first start with a “game plan” whether formal or informal, composed of words? 

And, of course, any action, whether good or bad, done routinely, becomes a habit.

Certainly words I find interesting to ponder.

3 Responses to Words to Ponder

  1. Chrissy says:

    I believe words are something we should ponder and think on, we should be slow to speak and carefully listen when we speak and also listen carefully to the words we speak to ourselves!!!

  2. Wise words here. We ARE what we think. Our thoughts hold power.

    And I am a firm believer in the power of habit as well. It’s such freedom to get into a habit and to be able to act without thinking and without a struggle. When we get to that point, it frees up our energy and attention for more thinking.

    So thinking leads to habits which lead to more thinking.

  3. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — I agree. I’m afraid I’ve done too much “blurting out” in my lifetime and not enough “pondering” and choosing words carefully and LISTENING to my own words as well as other’s words.

    SBW — I like that “…thinking leads to habits which lead to more thinking.”

    Words are sooo powerful but sometimes we(I!)toss them out like feathers in the wind, without care to where they land.

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