…words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child’s mind, they are not easily eradicated. —May Sarton—
Some of our greatest adult sufferings are owed to the many innocent abuses inflicted upon us as children. Harsh words, demeaning punishments,
too many silent treatments, taught us who we were. Many of us remained disenheartened, even diminished because of these powerful memories. When we
accepted criticism as accurate and deserved, it molds our character, and eventually we live up to these assessments.
The good news is that we are in control of our own thoughts and attitudes, and in this respect we are all-powerful. The decision is our to cast aside another’s
criticism, replacing it with positive self talk. However, to successfully undo the harm others’ have caused takes daily dedication to our own positive
reinforcement. Those who are confident and assured have internalized a positive dialogue with themselves.
Today is a new beginning, and I can make a fresh start by believing that I am a worth while person and my contribution is necessary.