Words Can Never Hurt me? Wrong!

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more updates about the new book. 

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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  

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“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

Wrong! Unless you have a bulletproof heart, words can destroy many of us.

Things we say can cause depression, anxiety, fear, failure, and thoughts of Suicide.

Birds chirp, dogs bark, but we speak and what we say has meaning both negative and positive.

Think about this:

  • You words are like an MRI. They can be the most important indicator where your heart really is.
  • Your words have to power to build up or tear down.

Don’t get me wrong, we may be doing the wrong things with what we say, but we are often on the receiving end.

I have been beaten down to the core of this earth with hurting words. I fell into the muck and mire of self pity, and almost drowned.

Let me ask you something: If you had an app that can off you hearing aides, would you do it? This pertains to me since I have hearing loss. However, they really do have a way to turn off you hearing aides, and believe I have done it before.

We wouldn’t have to worry about being verbally beaten down if we all decided that we need to change our way. We ALL need to look in the mirror and see what we don’t like, and what we do like. We need to work on fixing what we do not like.

We also need to listen to God, who knows us better than anyone else. He can guide us to be good examples to others.

As a side note, I have a couple of quotes for you to ponder:

” You are braver than you believe; stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

“Never give up in something you want. It’s difficult to want, but it’s more difficult to regret.”

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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People Aren’t Playing With a Full Deck

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Some People Aren’t Playing With Full Deck

 

It is time to have the Christmas spirit. We should be saying Merry Christmas to everyone. The spreading of good tidings always comes out to be a positive thing.

Many years ago I had this chip on my shoulder. It was during my time in the military, and I had some bad influences around me that weren’t exactly the loving type. They were angry about being in the military since they were drafted and didn’t have any choice.

Some of their bitterness rubbed off on me. I started saying things I never would have said before, and even to this day I sometimes regret saying some of them.

I would say,” He is not playing with a full deck. Look how stupid he is.” I also said things like, “He is a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or “His elevator didn’t make it to the top.” These were all sayings from other people that I picked up, and thought were funny at the time.

I then started picking up my own harsh comments. I was on a roll. The other guys started copying my new sayings.

If I was talking to a woman and she disagreed with me I would say, “Nice legs, too bad they don’t match!” When someone tried to convince me their idea was the best, I would say, “You have a good point…right on top of your head.”

If I was really upset, I might say, “Nice yellow shirt. It matches your teeth.”

Now, I would guess you may have laughed at some of those hurting phrases, but as I look back I am ashamed of what I had done. Here was this shy high school graduate trying to fit in with “the guys,” and I was hurting other people to get there.

I remember the hurt look on some of the people’s faces that thought they trusted me. I had let them down and lost a friend in the process. I was looking good to some of my buddies, but closing down my relationships with others. I was trying to fit in with the wrong circle of friends.

Have you done similar things? Have you hurt someone because you thought you were protecting yourself, or wanted to look good to someone?

The month of December is a great month to take inventory of your actions, to see if you need to fine tune them a little. Think about what you have said to people and see if they were constructive or destructive.

I look at this month as a month to end the negative aspects, and look forward to a new beginning the first of the year.

Reach out to people in a positive way, and you will see a huge difference in their reaction to you in the future.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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