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Eggs are Meant to be Broken (Power of Words in Family Relationships)
Words are like eggs, once broken they can’t be recovered but their impact is far-reaching especially in family relationships. Although, words are meant to be spoken, just like eggs are meant to be broken, certain rules must come to play:
Don’t break a rotten egg – the odor is unbearable;
Don’t break an egg at the wrong time – else it results in waste and dirt;
Don’t break an egg with excessive force – only the appropriate force is good enough;
But when you break the good egg at the right time with the appropriate force – enjoy a delicious omelet!
One thing that threatens cordiality in the family is careless use of words. The Holy Book gives insight to its power when spoken either jokingly or with a sense of seriousness. We can’t continue to hit hard on children, criticize, persecute, bully or abuse their emotion with words, while expecting them to grow into peace loving adults. Such grown-ups may never make peace with their parents except a genuine restitutive measure is taken.
Where do we produce the blocks for building a peaceful society? The simple answer is: in the family. But children who grow up with the experience of verbal or physical abuse constitute a disjointed society. Those emotional and psychological hit result in resistance and aggressive perpetuation of negative attitudes. Consequently, the entire family and nation suffer setbacks!
At the basis of happiness in the family is peaceful coexistence. Love and progress thrive on peace. Cordiality, friendliness, harmony and warmth are associates of peace in the society. But occasionally, we make the error of hurting the people we love and peace becomes evasive. This kind of situation has proven to be inevitable especially in a closely related settings as the family. Thus, it is wise to always do what it takes in restoring peace anytime there is friction in family relationships. However, it is easier said than done. The question is, how do you restore peace?
Kill ego! Yes, send ego to hell where it belongs! Ego says "I am always right." Ego never sees any opportunity to get better in attitude. Ego is too old to change, everyone else should change. Ego neither apologizes nor forgives. It is proud and larger than life! Ego is at the root of crisis in the family and the society, we must not allow it to thrive.
Here is wisdom! Once we realize that by usage of words, we’ve broken rotten eggs, let us repudiate ego and seek reconciliation. And this must be done on time!
What do you do if the breaker of rotten egg doesn’t seem to realize let alone take reconciliatory steps? My answer is: take the high road of attitudinal excellence. Remember, forgiveness is not an attribute of the weak, only the strong forgives! So, do what the noble one would do, except that ugly "wall of Jericho" – EGO is still a factor you’re battling with!
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