The Four Agreements book is kind of a guide to personal freedom through following four agreements. Many will find these agreements to be something they read or can relate to in their religion. Loving an idea is easy but living up to this idea is difficult. The first agreement of the Four Agreements is:
Be Impeccable With Your Word
The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby to create the events in your life… But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you.
If I insult you, you will insult me. If I have gratitude for you, you will have gratitude for me. If I’m selfish with you, you will be selfish with me. If I use the word to put a spell on you, you are going to put a spell on me.
In a recent incident in Jordan, the Environment Minister Hazem Malhas resigned for making offensive remarks and using derogatory language against media organizations and individuals working in the field. He even called a TV host a “donkey”. Although, for many people, he had some valid points regarding the status of journalism in Jordan but people distant themselves from his unethical way of conveying a message. Read more about this story in the Black Iris blog.
What you say defines who you are. You can be known as the foul mouth person, the gossiper, or the nice person. Choosing your word will reflect on your behavior. You can almost always associate anger with cussing. Fill your dictionary with good and positive words. Unless you are a teen using the F-word is no longer “cool”. Using derogatory language is not the way to express yourself.