Sometimes I think we forget the power of our words.
Anyone who has survived high school has experienced the hurt that words can cause. And conversely the elation that a kind or flattering comment can make. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s whole day is made by a well-intended compliment. Or maybe that’s just because I’m an attention hog!! 😉 Either way, words can certainly pack a punch.
A friend recently relayed a situation where some pretty devastating words were lashed out in anger. I was struck by how words could instantly obliterate a person. “how can a person sleep at night knowing they said that to another human being?!” I asked myself. And how many times have I been guilty of doing the same?
You never know what another person has gone through or is going through. Words ought to be chosen carefully. Instead of judging others by their words only and ourselves by our intentions – perhaps we should try to switch that. Gauge others on their intentions and ourselves by our words.