“A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I was setting up my ironing board yesterday
yes I DO still iron and I was thinking about how much I love my iron. It is pink and has a retractable cord. I want a vacuum cleaner with a retractable cord, too. Cords just seem to get in the way, don’t you think? My purple hairdryer is retractable. So is my purple hand mixer. Dog leashes are retractable.
The one retractable item I have yet to find? Words. When we speak out of anger or frustration. When we speak without thinking or common courtesy. Words. Hurt. Others. I have done it. Both non-intentionally AND intentionally. I am not proud of either. Apologies can be extended and accepted. But the words are not forgotten. They tend to linger in the brain for years to come.
“A good word costs no
more than a bad one.”
— (English proverb)
Yes, I have been on the receiving end of those non-retractables words and actions, too. Some have forever changed my life. Do you recall some awful thing spoken to you by a teacher or classmate years ago? I do. I remember being told, “I don’t like you” and “You are an ugly duckling” and “You look good with a little weight on you.” Some words will end relationships that probably needed to be finished. Others will create more life challenges and struggles. All because of the words of “one”.
“A careless word may kindle strife,
A cruel word may wreck a life,
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless.”
— Author Unknown
The Bible talks about our words speaking life or death to others. My intention is not to get preachy on you, I detest that. But I would like to give you AND me, something to ponder on. What are your words doing for others? I really hope to speak “life”. And if am not, then my mouth needs to be taped shut.
Except when I’m driving. I don’t think that counts.
I wish there were a rewind button sometimes.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
— Mother Teresa (1910-1997)