I've always thought it important to speak with positive words and think positive thoughts.
Of course, we all have our "bad" days, and nobody's perfect. But I always try to be mindful of what I think and say and do in an imperfect world.
Yes, the world is broken, and there's no way to fix the countless ills completely.
We can add a little loving-kindness wherever we go, but there will always be challenges to face.
So, we can be positive, but we also have to be realistic.
With that being said, here are a few positive guidelines as we think and speak in this world.
The Bible says, "By your words, you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned" (Matt. 12: 37); "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Prov. 12: 21); And "Thou shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee" (Job 22: 28).
Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity, wrote: "The spoken word carries vibrations through the Universe ether, and also moves the intelligence inherent in every form, animate or inanimate."
Ernest Holmes, the founder of the Church of Religious Science, has written: "The word gives form to the unformed. The greater the consciousness behind the word, the more power it will have. Just words, without conviction, have no power, and just conviction, without words, will never stir up latent energy. There must be a combination of the two to make a complete thing."
The Tibetan master D.K., through Alice A. Bailey, has said: "Every Word differentiated or synthesized, affects the deva kingdom, and hence the form-building aspects of manifestation. No sound is ever made without producing a corresponding response in deva substance."
As author John Randolph Price writes in his wonderful book, THE ANGELS WITHIN US, "From these resources it should be obvious why the masters of the early academies taught the aspirants to be aware of the consequences of words on the mental, emotional, etheric, and physical planes. They were schooled in the Power of sound and how words spoken with a controlled mind could literally change the force field around any form, including the belief system of the personality, and free the imprisoned spiritual consciousness."
As Price continues to write in ANGELS, he began to use the old Oriental standard to gauge the value of speech: Is it true? It is kind? It is needful? The result of this brief survey, Price discovered, was that only a few of his remarks passed the three tests. And he admitted that when monitoring his own words, he missed the mark several times, even though he was consciously trying to measure the quality of what he was saying. "We are all walking around with a loaded gun between our teeth," he revealed, "and our tongues seem to love to pull the trigger."
"Remember," he concluded, "we are either healing or harming" with our words, spoken or written. "There is no in-between, so even in our humor, we should practice harmlessness. Let's be builders of the new world through constructive words and creators of harmony with loving words."