How We Spread the Very Things We Hate

The words we use have a ripple effect. They can either spread peace, kindness and compassion, or they can give fuel to the very hatred we’re trying to stop.

In short, we get more of what we focus on. So we can choose to put our words and energy toward the change we want or toward complaining about the problem.

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations,” said Mother Teresa, a missionary who dedicated her life to caring for the sick and poor. “I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

To get a better sense of what you’re putting out there, try this for the next week:

Before you speak or post something on social media, ask yourself:
✓ Is what I’m about to say focused on a solution or am I inadvertently giving the negativity more air time?
✓ How can I reframe my message so I’m creating meaningful change and helping others do the same?
✓What am I bonding with others over: problems or solutions?

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