Jane hurriedly packed Simon, her son’s lunch pack and whisked to the car. “Safety first!” She said with a beam of her brightest smile.

Simon was not having any of his mum’s attempt at being doting. She notices his countenance, “Baby, you are not happy. What’s wrong?” she asked as she strapped his seat belt.

“Our school’s open day is coming up next week.” he said with a sigh.

“It’s a good thing then” she said with an air of assurance.

“No! It’s not because you will say that you will be there but you never do.” The little man said with a pinch of pain hanging on the trail of his voice.

She felt pained as well. Simon was barely ten years old and if he could really say that to her. He really felt bad about it. Definitely, Maama had apologies to make. But does it just stop at apologies?

Words are building blocks of your existence and they reflect the integrity of their creator. Since words hold power, it’s both important to speak words that hold positive intentions and always be prepared to keep your word to others, as they’re a reflection of your intentions and integrity. Deciding on not making promises are better than making promises and not keeping them.

There are two concepts of the importance of words I want to touch on in this resource. One is “keeping your word to others” and maybe surprisingly “keeping your word to yourself.”

Conversely, if you’re constantly saying you’re going to do something and not follow through, your words will eventually hold a negative symbolism of your integrity – you never follow through on what you say you’re going to do. In other words… you lose the trust of others.

People won’t hold value in what you say because your actions speak louder than your words, or in this case, your lack of action.

A friend or colleague who continually lets you down when they promise to do something, or be somewhere, soon looses your trust and respect. Conversely, most of us feel bad if we let somebody down because we realize some trust and respect for us, from that person, has been eroded.

When it comes to family we tend to go the extra mile. For example, if you promise your son or daughter you’ll pick them up at school for 2:30 pm, you’ll make sure you’re on time.

The consequences of not being there are too painful and embarrassing to imagine. So, nothing will stand in your way.

Likewise, if you promise to visit a friend in hospital and visiting hours finish at 9:00 pm then if you value the friendship you’ll find a way of keeping your word whatever crops up that day.

Somebody once said, “You are your word” and this is true. So if you are indeed your word, how much trust can we allot to you?

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