In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz discusses the impeccability of words:
…like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you.
But this example really drove the concept home for me (emphasis mine):
If I see you in the street and I call you stupid, it appears that I’m using the word against you. But really Im using my word against myself, because you’re going to hate me for this, and your hating me is not good for me. Therefore, if I get angry and with my word send all that emotional poison to you, I’m using the word against myself.
I’ve been ruminating on this concept for a little while now, and the thought that I keep coming back to is this: how many of the things I say are working against me? Even the smallest of remarks has the power to create ripples which could change my life. I am speaking with intention? Are you?