There's a scripture from the Old Testament of the Bible in the Book of Proverbs that says, "The tongue has the power of life and death." Reflecting on those words, Dr. Robin says the things that come out of your mouth can either breathe life into a situation…or they can harm or even kill the situation.
Words have power, Dr. Robin says, and we alone are responsible for what comes out of our mouths. Our words can either be positive or they can be negative—they can be comforting or hurtful, encouraging or discouraging, kind or cruel.
Dr. Robin urges each of us to be mindful of the effect that our words can have on us and on others, and to choose our words carefully. "I want you to recognize that we use our tongues wisely, that we use our words and that we use them in a smart way that empowers our own lives and empowers the lives of the people we want to be around," she says.