When I was a child, I heard the old adage "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." Even as a child I knew that saying was a lie. It was meant to take the 'sting' out of painful and hurtful words, but it didn't. The words still hurt. And the unfortunate thing is, once the words get put out into the air...they can't be taken back. The damage is done and it can't be undone. We can apologize. We can say things that are healing, but we can't erase those hurtful words. They were said. They were heard. And they hurt...sometimes more than a physical injury. Language is powerful...more powerful than we sometimes know. And 'how' we say something is sometimes more important than what we actually say. Language is a wonderful gift...for connecting people, for sharing ideas, for building relationships, etc. But it can also be lethal. Handle with care!!!
Rev. Liz Tomlinson