"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." Anonymous
Ever hear this old saying when you were a kid? If you believe it's true, than think again. Our words hold tremendous power to hurt or to heal. Here's a good example of the power of words in action.
Out for a walk, I passed a mom trying desperately to teach her young daughter to ride a two wheeler bike. They had obviously been at it for some time and she was clearly frustrated. She began to yell, chastising her little girl, calling her a coward and a chicken. Standing nearby and apparently feeling powerless, the father watched his terrified little girl scream and cry uncontrollably.
I knew it wasn't my business but having felt the brunt of many hurtful words in my own life, I just couldn't control myself. As I walked past them, I focused on this child and her pain and said something like this. "Wow you are learning to ride a bike, that's fantastic! I remember when I was learning, it felt very very scary. But you can do this. You are doing such a great job already, just by trying. I am sure your parents are very proud of you… Keep trying; before you know it you'll be riding your bike all around the neighborhood."
The mom was speechless, but the dad smiled and said "thank you." I continued my walk and when I looped around the block and passed them again, everything had shifted. The dad was balancing the bike, slowly walking it with his daughter no longer in tears, doing her best to pedal. The mom walked silently along side.
Perhaps you can remember a time in your life when you felt the sting of harsh words. They may not be intentional, but words of anger and shame cut deeply and leave damaging scars. If you remember that, then maybe you can be an example of hope and encouragement to someone else. Remember to choose your words carefully before you speak because once said they can never be taken back. Have a story to share about the power of words, share it here with us.BEST-PHOTO
Marlene Moore Gordon
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