Words vs Thoughts

It is about the words we speak…

Words and ThoughtsJust ask anyone who miss-speaks while engaged in front of other people. Often they wish to withdraw the words… Oh how difficult that might be!

Still, those that count and know say we speak between 13,000-25,000 words per day, yet we think anywhere from 50,000-170,000 thoughts in the same time period.

Our thoughts are the fertile soil of words. We use thoughts to build our foundation, but we use conversations to frame our house. It is from our thoughts that we articulate via speech and other forms of communication. Narrowed thoughts produced narrowed speech, but broadened thoughts make conversations enhanced.

And, enhanced discussion creates more thoughts. This is sort of like a never ending spring. Water flows and through a multitude of steps, it returns and makes the trip again.

Thoughts are like coiled springs that releases its strength into conversations, and contracts into broader thoughts. The resulting foundation, and framework, is much larger.

Thoughts grow. Speech improves. Sometimes our positions adapt to the results. Sometimes our positions more strongly cemented. Sometimes the cement turns to jello and we totally rebuild our foundation.

A few good conversations this past week proved this summation to me.

We are what we think, and we speak what our thoughts provide. And we should always think about what we say before we speak it!

Simply put, you can tell a lot about a persons foundation of thoughts based upon the discussions they hold with others.

Let me tell you a quick story.

There was a man, a leader of people, and an owner of great resources. On his trek of life, he followed the commands of God to go to a future place of promise. Along the way, harsh words were spoken by factions within his tribe. There was a break between factions, and his nephew chose to live in the better lands that were lush with green and water. The leader chose to live in the remainder.

Eventually, the leader was approached by God, and a conversation ensued regarding the corruption found in the lands where the nephew had chosen to live. It was God’s intention to destroy the land and the inhabitants.

But the leader began a negotiation with God for the lives of the good people living among the evil. “Will you destroy the good with the evil?” He negotiates his position from searching out 50 good among the evil, and each time the Judge says he will spare the land for the sake of the number. 

The leader thinks his position through. What if there are not 50? How many can possibly live in that land and remain good? Does not evil often triumph when a good person daily associates with corruption? How many good went there from my tribes? Did they stay good? How many innocent travelers have stopped by and are in danger of judgment? 

You can imagine his thoughts, and pauses in conversation, as the number dwindles from 50… To 40… To 30… To 20…. And finally to 10… If there are 10 good people in the land then it is saved from judgment. 

(Read the entire story in Genesis 18 and you will find God and Abraham holding this discussion with my internal view points provided.)

Imagine the Intellectual conversation with the Judge, the only one who had the power to save or destroy.

  • Can you imagine the turmoil of thoughts churning over inside the leaders mind as he works through all the variables? Perhaps. Within math, language, programming, even cooking, life is full of variables. Thoughts include replacing the language of conversation with variables to see if the results are the same, or will there be a different result. (A conversation with taxes yesterday causes me to think this through today.)
  • Was there ever an element of Emotional appeal? Sure. We often use our emotions to sway others to our side of the argument. Can we appeal to the emotions? Definitely. Do they produce desired works? Sometimes. How do we strengthen our approach to the emotions? Good thought. Let’s spend some time on this another day!
  • Could it have even been the leader thinking like a sly old fox and attempting to gain an edge? Definitely. Conversations can be devious, but they often come from similar thoughts!
  • After all, can you judge the guilty and not worry about the innocent that might be caught betwixt the two?

So, imagine with me the conversations you have with your self as you argue the pro and con of each variable thought that might change the outcome – I believe this conversation between Abraham and God was not a quick process. Our thinking needs to be engaged throughout the conversations of life to consider saying what we think we should be saying, and not simply spouting off the first thing that comes to mind….

Think about it… Then let’s talk.