There’s an old proverb that says, “It takes one tree to make a thousand matchsticks, but it only takes one matchstick to burn down a thousand trees.”

This saying reminds me of the power of our words.

Encouraging and inspiring words can convince and empower people to do remarkable deeds.

And it’s easy to destroy people’s hopes and dreams with some poorly chosen (or in some cases maliciously chosen) words.

I have a couple of questions for you today:

Which words are you using? You have a unique opportunity and remarkable responsibility to be someone who finds a way to inspire, encourage and give hope to those around you.

Or are you a matchstick that burns down trees?

Which words are you listening to? Do you have people in your life who compel you to do more with your life? Do you allow them to build you up and stir your spirit?

Or are you surrounded by matchsticks that are attempting to burn you down?

Choose wisely.

Speak wisely.

And help to make something magnificent.

Are you a tree or a matchstick?

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