Words can hit like a ten pound (4.5kg) hammer to the gut.We don’t stop to think how our words affect others. We vomit our opinions onto others as though it was our right to do so. We questions the choices of others inflicting self doubt. When someone questions our choices, we become defensive. Is this the type of person we want to be? Do we want to be that person?
But they are just words.
Tell a child you wish they had never been born. Tell them how easy your life would be without them. Words can hit hard. We tell ourselves that we are adults and words don’t affect us in the same manner as children. We would be surprised at how many people believe this lie. Words hit us just as hard as they hit children. Physical size and maturity do not protect us from emotional impacts. We still get hurt.
Just as words hurt they can comfort. Letting someone know that you care can save their life. We do not have to empathize (relate by similar experiences) with everyone. Some people will go through hardships that we will never experience. That doesn’t mean that we can’t care or sympathize with them. Sometimes we don’t even need to say a word. Letting others talk through their problems as we listen can be one of the best things we can do for others.
There’s a lot of power in the words we use. We should use them sparingly when it comes to our opinions. We choose to be constructive or destructive. If we don’t know which we’re being then we should stay quiet. 🙂