Well, I am back to work. Didn't really want to come in today. Still feeling a bit under the weather, but I remembered this morning that I didn't do my time sheet, and they are due today. Whatever happened to time clocks? Do they still exist? To me, this time sheet business is only another addition to the already tremendous amount of paperwork piled on my plate.
I've been having some difficulties with my office mate again. Her argumentative way of talking to me is started to really get to me. Lately, she has gotten much worse, and I've asked her to tone it down on several occasions. She is one of those people who if you say the sky is blue, she'll say it is black. And there is no way you can sway her otherwise. She is always right. I hear her on the phone with her family members, and she does the same thing. This is just her nature, but it sure can make one miserable.
Our words are powerful weapons, and all it takes is one word to cut a person down. Furthermore, words not only affect those who they were directed at, but can spread far beyond that. A kind or unkind word can affect the way someone is feeling at any given moment. Then, they in turn can be kind or unkind to others around them and so on and so on. How many times I have to catch myself from taking it out on another after my office mate has cut me down.
So, it is important always that we remember how powerful our words can be. They can be one of the most healing instruments that we possess, or they can be the most damaging weapon in our arsenal. It is all up to us to decide which way we will use them. In closing, I'd like to share the following with you.
There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who saw he was a sage and told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child. The sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him,and he said a prayer over her.
"Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?" yelled a man from the crowd.
"You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!" said the sage to the man.
The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said: "If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot,may not another have the power to heal?"
And thus, the sage healed two people that day.