I undertake the training rule to never disparage or deride but to use my words only to encourage and uplift.
Sometimes I feel as if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with the formulation of these rules but then again the point really is to stretch myself. If these rules were so easy to follow there wouldn’t be any development of character so even in failing there is yet much gained.
So how often my words encouraging and uplifting? How often are they negative and derisive? I can think of forms of recent examples of the former and not even one occasion when my words uplifted or encouraged. May I take my life, speech and actions seriously looking that my barbed words will act as hooks dragging me down to hell.