Published: 21st November 2020
Because truly, words are all we have, folks. So use them wisely!
Here's the columnist Pro Tip for you: When you use words impeccably, you create magic with them. Use words for your good, to create what you desire. Stop using them against yourself or others.
Hi Rinku, said Rahul on their Zoom call. ‘Life’s boring. I’m dying of boredom.’
‘Why such harsh words?’ asked Rinku.
‘I’m joking yaar,’ said Rahul. ‘They’re just words anyway. Won’t eat us.’
‘Words are magic, they say,’ said Rakesh. ‘In The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, a book about ancient Toltec wisdom, the first agreement we must make for a meaningful life is to ‘be impeccable with our word’. Words can create joy or chaos.’
‘What’s being impeccable with our words?’ asked Rinku.
‘Using words precisely and honoring them,’ said Rakesh. ‘Being impeccable is using words with integrity, honesty and truthfulness, meaning what we say, saying only what we desire and using words that lead to truth and love. When we’re impeccable with our words, we use our energy correctly.’
‘Sounds boring,’ said Rahul. ‘We have to watch what we say.’
‘When we use words we don’t mean, casually, repeatedly, they become habits and beliefs over time,’ said Rakesh. ‘What starts as fun today becomes a reality that’s not funny anymore.’
‘But I’m using harmless words against myself, no?’ said Rahul.
‘Rahul, just as words can build, they can also destroy,’ said Rakesh. ‘So it’s better to avoid speaking negatively about ourselves. And others. Though gossiping seems like fun, it’s said to be pure poison. Better avoid for best results.’
‘That’s a powerful agreement,’ said Rinku. ‘How do we know if we’re using words impeccably, bhaiyya?’
‘Pretty simple,’ said Rakesh. ‘Tune into how you feel, into your energy, when you form and use words. If your energy feels good, joyful and integrated, you’re speaking with integrity and using words impeccably. If you’re feeling bad and out of alignment, then
you’re not speaking out of integrity and are using words negatively. The final measure of the impeccability of your words is the level of self-love your words express.’
‘Bhaiyya, are you saying that by merely being impeccable with our words we can create magic in our world?’ asked Rahul.
‘Try it,’ said Rakesh. ‘Instead of saying you’re bored to death, use words impeccably and see what happens.’
‘Okay,’ said Rahul. ‘I’m excited and grateful for this time, for this opportunity to create something good and joyful from it, for using it to learn something new from you two. Hmm, I feel good.’
‘And so do we,’ smiled Rakesh. ‘Our perspective has changed from boring to exciting and ready to learn.’
Pro tip: When you use words impeccably, you create magic with them. Use words for your good, to create what you desire. Stop using them against yourself or others.