—Confucius (Public Domain)
We generally don’t realize it, but our words form a clear pattern for others to see. We have all been around individuals who believe they are good, warm-hearted, sympathetic people, yet the pattern of words they utter belie that self-image. It is easy to fall into this trap, especially if we are constantly exposed to negative, hate-filled, smarmy language via the television, radio, and print. As these individuals pat themselves on the back for their cleverness, the clear-minded person sees them for the small, lost souls they have become.
So take stock of what you say—your words reflect to others who you really are.