Yes, my parents said, “You better watch your mouth!” often as I was one young lady with a slick mouth and if it came up, it spewed out all over whoever was in my way. I was what you would have considered Ms. Smarty Pants and actually, some may have considered me a motor mouth because I knew everything about everybody and made it my business to do so and freely share. But, I remember the day that I took it a bit too far and that is when I learned exactly what, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” because I received the proper discipline on that day.
Interesting thing is my mother and father did not have to discipline their children often, but again, honey, I was the child that took it to the next level, especially when my mother gave me permission to speak up for and defend myself. In fact, I was (and still am) known as the sassiest girl on the street (who always stood up) and would chase down whatever boy (girl) to let him (her) know when they’ve mistreated me or anyone else. To sum this up, I was a handful and if you ask my husband, he would most likely still say I am. I go “Boom” just like a firecracker.
I was reminded recently about how important it is to watch our words and our mouth when I overheard a conversation and one of the individuals speaking called someone out of their name. The person was labeled based on his/her situation, and not based on the human that God had fashioned him into. I mean really, every single person dwelling in this earth has been wonderfully and skillfully made and we must pull back all of the layers (that we’ve placed on them), stereotypes and judgments to see them for who they really are. Naturally, being me, I did speak up, but what I wanted to do was start singing, “Why you gotta be so rude, don’t you know he’s human too?” (Yeah, that is my jam). I know I touched on this subject here, but had to revisit it as we can never be reminded enough to do better and be better.
We must learn to say what we need to say in a kinder way because, “If we change our words, we can change our world!”
Watch the below video (which I am confident you’ve seen before) and remember, “You better watch your mouth!” Laughing Out Loud!
I’ve passed the baton to my fabulous sister over at The Reflections of A Good Woman where you will further be inspired to be positive, be kind and be gentle towards everyone you meet.
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