Monday, April 14, 2008

Words to Live By

I suppose it goes without saying that negative speaking so often flows from negative thinking, including negative thinking about ourselves. We see our own faults, we speak—or at least think—critically of ourselves, and before long that is how we see everyone and everything. No sunshine, no roses, no promise of hope or happiness. Before long we and everybody around us are miserable.

...[So] Speak hopefully. Speak encouragingly, including about yourself. Try not to complain and moan incessantly...

...Yes, life has its problems, and yes, there are negative things to face, but... no misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse.

--Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Ensign, "The Tongue of Angels," May 2007, pp. 17-18.

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