You are the first person you speak to in the morning. What does that sound like? Are you trash-talking yourself to yourself? Are you celebrating yourself? Are you creating a nervous chatter? How you speak to yourself sets the tone for how the rest of the world will speak to you; use that power to lift yourself up and set a standard for loving communication. How you speak to yourself also sets the tone for how you will speak to others. If you learn how to lift yourself up with your words, you will be able to do the same for everyone else. Our world needs more cheerleaders. Start by being one for yourself.

Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade; Simon & Schuster