“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me.”
18th Century Adage
This childhood adage is one of the most ridiculous falsehoods some of us learned on the playground. Now I completely understand that the sentiment was to disregard the taunts and jeers of those trying to bring you down. However if you literally think about it, sticks and stones actually do break bones and words can for sure cause problems at times.
Words are powerful. Words carry weight. Words can heal. Words can hurt. Everyday we share thousands of words with other people. In this regard it is critical that we are careful with what we say and how we use our words. Words have meaning and can carry and tarry with folks.
Think of a time when someone said something to you that meant so much. Think of a time when someone said something to you that was extremely unpleasant. In either instance, words made an impact for either good or bad.
As we approach the last 42 days of 2019, let us remember the words that we use. Let us use our words to bring hope and not hurt. Let our words bring cheer and not criticism. Let our words heal the wounds of the sticks, stones, and words that have hindered us. Use your words wisely, words have power.