Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Musings

"sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"

Do you remember that saying as a kid?  I often wondered who came up with it because to me it never made much sense.  It may sound good but the fact is words have the potential to hurt way beyond the physical.   Words once said can stay with one forever. I'm often amazed at the things that come out of people's mouths.

Words once said can never be taken back.  Oh sure one can apologize but the fact of the matter is words stick with people.  And it's like that quote says" I can forgive but I won't forget".   Isn't that the truth?  Because words can way heavily on the heart and soul, in ways we can't even imagine.  Let's face it words are easy to speak but difficult to take back. And they can have lasting effects.

If only the mind had a way of putting itself on pause before it spoke.  Sometimes that is all it takes thinking before one speaks.  But how often do any of us do that, especially when in a heated or emotional moment.   How many times throughout your life have you said something only to wish you could take it back, if not at that exact moment, at least at a later date?

And better yet, how do we instill upon children that words are equally has harming as physical fights.  Verbally bullying is becoming something we are hearing more and more about in the media because of online social networking, and the use rampant use of cell phones.  And some of the stories are proving just how harmful words can be.

How do we get both adults and children to choose their words wisely, to think before they speak, that if they don't have anything nice to say just don't say anything.  I know people must communicate, that open communication is important, but we all need to find a way to communicate with one another that doesn't involve being hurtful, mean, or negative with our word choices.

Because when it comes down to it "sticks and stones may break bones but words can crush the heart and soul."



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