Toxic

onion in mouthA friend of mine posted on Facebook,

“I ate an onion as a midnight snack and I woke up with my mouth tasting like a foot.”

You may have smiled reading that, you may have thought, “Ugh”, or you may have related to it in some way from your own morning breath experiences.

After reading that post, I did three things in this order. 1. Laughed. 2. Brushed my teeth. 3. Wrote these thoughts out about toxic.

A quick internet search for the word “Toxic” reveals this:

Definition of TOXIC 1: containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation <toxic waste><a toxic radioactive gas> <an insecticide highly toxic to birds> 2: exhibiting symptoms of infection or toxicosis <the patient became toxic two days later> 3: extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful <toxic sarcasm> 4: relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market

Consider that what we put into ourselves affects what comes out of us.  Usually people are aware to avoid ingestion of food and other things that can harm them. If it is known to be toxic, the rationale person will not consume it. What about toxic words or thoughts? We are bombarded by sound-bytes every day that seek to influence what we think and do. Are there words that have been feed to you, that you took in and they became toxic? As they resided in you, did they later come out as foul, toxicifying words to others?

In the “my mouth tastes like a foot” example the onion a few hours earlier had time to work within the body to do what onions do, both good and bad.  Take away a lesson from my friend’s funny, self revealing post. Recognize what is coming out of us and determine is it pleasant or helpful to us and others. If it is sour, distasteful, even toxic then take action to stop it and reflect back on how it may have come to be in you.