Remember the children’s verse:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?
That’s a lie. Words do hurt.
Take, for instance, the parent who has a child say “I hate you”. Or, the parent who tells a child, “You’ll never amount to anything.” These are words that can feel like a knife in our heart.
When someone in a relationship hears the words “I don’t love you any more”; that hurts, too.
Career wise, being told “You’re fired” can make our heart sink, get our mind reeling and can change not only our life, but our life style, as well.
Some who hear the words, “You’re broke” can become so depressed, they contemplate ending their life.
Although we can forgive those who voiced the negative words, many will admit they never truly forget the specific words which were spoken. For some, those words will continue to play in their head like a broken record and possibly squelch their self esteem, as well as their hopes and dreams for a brighter future forever.
So yes, words can hurt us.
On the flip side, just hearing short statements such as “You’re awesome”, “You’re pretty” or “I love you” can lift us up.
Positive statements can make our heart sing or give us a reason to push forward. In fact, words of encouragement have been known to change lives.
In her free ebook, “Think Like A Black Belt”, Lori adds how words can help in self defense. She writes how, when spoken with authority, words can possibly thwart a physical or verbal attack or even save a life.
Words, which are simply individual letters strung together, truly do have power.
How we use them becomes a choice we all make.
When we blog, our posts are compiled of words we choose to string together to convey a message.
In most cases, words are all we have to offer to our readers.
Via words, stories are told, lessons are taught, reviews are written, quotes are shared, photos are described, and comments are constructed.
Blog authors can become known and trusted because of what they write, and just as a caring friend can lift another person up with words, bloggers have the ability to to that, too.
Blogging gives us the gift of sharing via our words.
And it is in our words where our power truly lies.
How are you using yours?
Our words can have a huge impact on the lives of those who read our blogs. How do you hope yours affect others?
Have the words of others changed your life, too?
Care to share?