I was reading some responses to an email interview that I just did with a wonderful author (the interview will be in the next issue of Write 2 Be Magazine) and something she said in her response to one of the questions struck a chord with me. There is so much power in words that people don’t even realize exists.
There is an old saying that I remember because when I was younger people (people being bullied in particular) would constantly repeat it. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”. I don’t know who ever came up with that saying but it couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Words hurt. These days, words can kill, or literally lead to someone not wanting to be on this earth anymore and taking their own life. Words hold so much weight to them. They change lives and they sometimes help people through moments in their lives when they wouldn’t be able to cope otherwise.
I think that sometimes people take for granted how their words can be hurtful to someone or even how much their words can possibly help someone. I think the three words that people take for granted the most are “I Love You”. There are so many children today going through life changing moments in their lives and their going through without feeling like they are loved. There are people who almost never hear those words and the damage that is done by not hearing them.
So if you haven’t been using your words carefully, or wisely, there is no better time to start like the present. If there’s someone that you need to say something to, something you know that they need to hear, don’t take it for granted that you will always have a chance to. Your words can change someone’s life. Just remember that the next time you use your words, that they have power. Don’t underestimate that power.
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1 thought on “The Words We Say”
Intent is the key. people have said things to me that really hurt, yet (& later for sure) I LOVE their intent.
nice thoughtful posts you post.