Think about it…you may have to think back to when you were a child; or there may be something in the recent past that continues to sting. Words. Words that were used against you, to injure. I can still hear the ring of some of them from even 20 years ago, regardless of their validity or truth. Can you?
Such seemingly simple things…groupings of letters placed together to create language…words. They are powerful…that power can be destructive and brutal or edifying and encouraging. When we have something important to say, we think about it and craft each word and sentence to be sure they are received with exact intention and care. Yet when we are angry, we rashly fling unsavory words at someone we care about. Words…they are powerful. You can’t take them back once they have exited your mouth. Sure, you can (and should) apologize. But the apology doesn’t remove the sting. It’s a salve on a wound that will heal…but the scars will remain. They live infinitely in our thoughts.
Words…choose them carefully and thoughtfully. Let them be good words that build, inspire, and encourage. Let these be the words that live on.