Words can be weapons. Words can be wise. Words wielded unvetted can compromise…
…your relationships. Your job. Your integrity. Your self, and your life.
It has been said that words were used to create the world. To create the entire universe…
If this is true – perhaps each word that we speak is incredibly powerful. Or can be…
Even thoughts are words…and audible words are thoughts being spoken.
Words can kill someone’s spirit. Words can be used to tarnish someone’s reputation…sometimes forever. Words can be used to uplift, to energize, to express love. And words can be used to twist, to create chaos, and confusion.
Many people use words for ill purposes consciously…and these people cannot truly feel. For if they could, they would not be able to handle the gut-wrenching sadness that comes from knowing that you hurt someone with something that you said. The pain of watching how one hurtful phrase could completely transform someone’s entire view of *themselves* … into one of shame, self-doubt, sadness, and worthlessness. All it takes is one thoughtless sentence. One self-centered slip of the tongue. And that person you shot out at, while they may try to hide it to save some pride – is struck with a sick, black arrow, dripping with bane that has sunk itself into their heart and their perception of themselves.
You may not have meant to – because perhaps you weren’t really thinking about it – but your words can crush. It is a terrible realization for those of us who easily feel other people’s feelings…but even for your average, everyday “feeler” – it can be crippling to realize how negative words affect another person.
While others may use this knowledge to their advantage – knowing exactly the right words to use, or not use (silence) to manipulate, groom, orchestrate or control the situation or another person to their liking…and indeed it truly can be used for intent to emotionally conquer another…those of us who have seen this happen, or have had it happen to us, I think have an even more comprehensive understanding of how this all affects us and others. And perhaps we are even more keen to a hyper-awareness when we, ourselves show any inkling of having a negative impact on another person in the same way.
To crush another person’s soul (which may sound dramatic, but that really is what is happening!) with our words because *we* are too careless or *we* are too impatient to stop thinking just of ourselves for five minutes… is absolutely tragic. The impact of your words may linger for days, for weeks for months, or for years. Your words might have an impact on that persons entire perception of themselves, of their life, of their reality, etc.
Choose your words wisely, my friends. You have the power to hurt or to heal with them. If you are feeling impatient – just stop. Don’t say anything. Its not worth it.
You can’t take your words back.
You can apologize. But the damage is already done.
Be careful. Use your words to heal, to uplift, to encourage, and to instill kindness. I think it takes more discipline than the greatest kung fu master there ever was…
to stop yourself, regardless of your hurry, your situation, your feelings, your frustration…….and think about what you’re going to say before you say it.
It is important to speak the truth as well – but it is about how you say it. If you are going to deliver a message by cutting another person down, then your message is worthless. And their feelings become a thousand times more valuable than your tactless delivery.
Be wise – slow down – and think before you speak…it will always be worth it.
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