Amy Eksteen

When thinking about July’s source of inspiration, Proverbs 16:24 really stood out to me.

This month, I want to focus on the power of ruminating on kind words. I want to highlight the importance of prioritising yourself, your thoughts, emotions and feelings. I want to reiterate the importance of self-love, self-care and self-acceptance as well as how all things that are kind and sweet can be healthy for the mind, body and soul.
“Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24)

I feel as if this verse holds so much truth and power in it, especially in a world that can be constantly challenging. I feel as if we all, to some extent, have experienced how unfair life can be. We have experienced days that can feel overbearing. We have gone through pain and moments of doubt and sometimes in the midst of it all, the chaos can seem never-ending. It is within these moments that we have a choice – a choice to choose kindness.
It is within the challenging moments that we need to act like our closest friends, showing ourselves the most genuine form of support and empathy. We can choose to say kind words to ourselves like: “I know that I may be feeling overwhelmed and tired today, but I still believe in myself” “I acknowledge that I am doing the best that I can” “It is okay that things turned out that way, I know better now” “I have the right to keep learning and growing” “I am still worthy and loved despite what I am going through””It is okay that I feel this way, I have been through a lot lately””My circumstances may be a bit stressful right now, but I still deserve to look after myself”

The best thing about the verse Proverbs 16:24 is that it reminds us that when we choose to respond to our circumstances with kindness and love, just like the few statements above, things within us and around us become a whole lot sweeter.

We are often reminded of how important it is, from a young age, to show kindness to others. We are taught to be caring, encouraging, understanding and helpful. But I feel as if we forget that we should first and foremost be all of these things to ourselves, to fill our thoughts and speak words over ourselves that are ‘sweet like honey’. We often ‘push through’ the difficulties, choosing not to rest, choosing not to take care of ourselves because it may not be a priority. It may, in fact, be the last thing on our to-do lists. As a result, we end up with minds that aren’t filled with sweet, motivating and loving thoughts and our emotions and feelings follow suit. I believe that we all deserve better.

This weeks blog post is therefore here as a short reminder for us to focus on showing ourselves kindness in every situation and in all circumstances. I feel as if it is so important to keep this in mind because we get to holistically reap the benefits – our minds become more positive, our hearts feel more full and our souls smile. After all, honey has many healing properties.
We need to be filling our thoughts and speaking kind words over ourselves and over others that bring healing and happiness. Words that are unconditionally filled with love and acceptance. Words that are ‘sweet for the soul and healthy for the body’.

What are some kind words you can say to yourself right now?

Thank you for reading xx