04 October 2008
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
I’ve always thought the saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, to be quite fallacious. I believe we have all been hurt by words, some time, if not many times, and honestly, I think we might agree that words often hurt more than physical wounds; and I say this even having suffered some gruesome physical injuries over the years.
In my family, brutal honesty, and quickness to speak harsh words without first thinking, has been a trait that has survived generations to continue haphazardly down our family line.
Under these conditions, I have only been bred to be a fighter. Not to physically fight, but when it comes words, I have been given a gun, locked and loaded. I know how to fire my words, where to aim to hit my target the hardest. In my family, we are fragile beings, my limbs are lanky and thin, I could not withstand a physical fight, so I have been taught to defend myself with words.
I’m trying to reverse the pattern though, break the vicious cycle. Someone in my family should have done so a long time ago.
I still thank my family though, for they are the ones who have made me aware of the power of words. I am most aware of the power words have to hurt, so I know they must also hold an equal power to heal.
And to you, my readers, I am very selective and careful of the words I say to you. Most suprirsed that you read what I say, at all, but knowing that you do, I do not want to waste your time. Mostly, I hope to inspire. When inspiration is given to me, it is a gift, and I would selfish to only keep it to myself. I only have so much time in life, I want to make my words worth something, to make them good, or at least try to, even if I sometimes fail.
Now, I am wondering... What do you do when someone says something that hurts you? Do you get easily hurt by others' words, or do you tend to brush mean words away? What are some of the most inspiring or kind words you have been told in your life, that you can remember? Would most like to hear your thoughts on words, kind and cruel.
P.S. Thank you for all your kind words you have given me. For all the comments and thoughts you have shared with me, I am inspired once again, and always, very thankful.
Photo Credits: www.flickr.com/photos/juliptulip & www.flickr.com/photos/highwaygirl67
Title Quote: Mother Theresa.