Words have incredible power especially when you consider how you choose to use them. They have the power to heal just as much as they have the power to hurt. Your words have the ability to improve or brighten someone’s day just as quickly as it can darken it. Your words can start a conflict with one sentence and end it with the next. Your words have the ability to empower the lives of others and they certainly have the power to disenfranchise many more. How you choose to use your words is incredibly important. Consider the impact your words have on the world around you the next time you speak.
Some people are not concerned with how their words may impact others. That is unfortunate because the simple fact that no man is an island should at least force you to consider how your words affect others. Some may argue that those who are offended or disturbed by another person’s words should simply have tougher skin. Well, the issue I take with that is simply the fact that people wouldn’t have to have tougher skin if more people simply monitored what they say and how they say it. It is imperative that you consider others when you choose to speak. I fully understand the fact that you are not responsible for how someone receives or reacts to you and your words but you are definitely responsible for your own actions and your choice of words. Use them wisely.
If you have hurt someone with your words and you recognize that you have then the appropriate response is to offer an apology. Apologies cost you nothing. If you have been hurt, offended or bothered by how someone addressed you or the words they chose to express themselves then it is imperative that you choose to forgive. The easiest thing in the world to do is to hold a grudge. You can’t live life like that. Life’s too short to hold grudges. Like the old adage says, if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all. The art of biting your tongue is becoming a lost one but I am confident that we can breathe new life into it.
Recognize the incredible power you have in your words and remember to consider others when you use them.
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