What part of your life do you water with your words?

When someone asks you about your day, what is the first thing you call to mind? A complaint? Or a positive?

What do you play when you talk about your day? Do you replay the problems or do you replay the positives?

If you have two plants and only water one — that one will grow. The other will eventually die. Whatever you water, grows.

The same goes with what we think about in relation to our day. Every single day has problems of the day. Every single day (well perhaps most of them) have positives of the day as well.

I'll admit, when Kip and I would sit down to talk about our days, I used to talk about the problems first. But then, rarely, would I get to the positives. No more. Now, I try my best to recount the truly awesome things that happen each and every day and then run out of time and we don't have time to discuss anything negative.

While some problem need discussing, some problems grow because they are discussed. We're watering the wrong thing.

I intentionally seek to tell myself five positive things about each day on the way home from work. Then, when I get home, I find myself happier and remembering the joys of my profession, not the challenges and pitfalls.

What part of your life do you water with your words? Do you grow gratitude or dissatisfaction? Do you grow friendships or fault-finding? Do you grow joy or anger?

Choose your words wisely for eventually they choose you.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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