Monday, September 30, 2013

Fresh Donuts

The other day I saw a sign at a gas station that read "fresh Donuts."  Mmmm, fresh donuts.  It took my mind back to college when I would stop at the donut shop on my walk home from the bars.  Somehow, I had made acquaintance with the owner, who used to give me a couple fresh cream-filled (never custard--yuck!) donuts that had been made just minutes before.  They were the best donuts I have ever eaten.

Seeing that signed triggered my desire to have a donut. And, if I wasn't in a hurry to get to an appointment, I would have stopped in.  But I drove past, wishing I had left the gym five minutes earlier so I could have stopped and negated my workout. 

Photo Credit Hobbies on a Budget
An hour later, leaving my appointment on the opposite side of the road, the sign wasn't visible and the words were forgotten...or so I thought.  A few days later, I was at the grocery store just before the gas station.  Shortly after I walked in, the word  "donuts" popped into my mind.  This is an unusual thought for me since I am generally fairly health conscious and avoid purchasing baked goods at the grocery. But that day I seriously considered buying some donuts there.  Fortunately, I was able to convince myself that they wouldn't be as good, and, most likely were no longer fresh.  However, donuts are still on the brain and I have been craving one. Darn that sign! If it hadn't been for that, I would never have thought about donuts.

This got me thinking about words.  Words can really impact our lives.  Even words as small as "donut."  I didn't see a donut, nor even a picture of a donut.  I didn't smell a donut, nor taste one.  I just saw six little letters that had an effect on me. 

Sometimes we like to think that words don't have an impact on us, but they do.  Whether we read them or hear them, they can affect our thought process.   They can change our thinking, whether we care to admit it or not.  And is isn't just words that can change our thinking, but any image we are exposed to. 

This was a reminder to me (once again) to be cautious about what I expose my children to.   The words they hear in songs, what they see on TV and in movies plants seeds in their minds.  Even what they hear and see from their parents impacts them.

I am not unrealistic.  I know I can't completely shield my children from negative messages or messages that lack morals, but I do try to limit the negatives and increase the positives.  And when they hear or see things that aren't in line with our values, we discuss it.  I want my daughters to have strong minds.  I don't want them to be sheepeople (sheep+people)--people who are blindly led by anything.  I don't want them watching snarky shows and think that it is okay to treat others like that (because putting down others constantly, even in jest, is NEVER okay and technically meets the definition of bullying).

P.S.  The other day I walked into the lounge at work and there was a plate of donuts.  I ate one.


Hobbies on a Budget said...

What a great reminder about the power of a word! Once it leaves our mouth it can never come back. Thanks for this timely article!

Amy Smith said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It is always great to be reminded of how our words can impact and how we and our families are impacted by words, whether they come out of our own mouths, through the TV, song lyrics or other. It is still a good idea to be cautious, so many "hidden" messages in the programs watched innocently! :-)

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