Your sibling or childhood friend has said something you didn’t like. And in the way that children do to solve a problem like this, you put your fingers in your ears and respond, “La la la–I can’t hear you! I’m not listening!” Or perhaps you repeated the mantra, “Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me!”
But that’s not exactly true is it? Words are powerful, regardless of whether heard or read. Words can ease and heal the deepest recesses within your soul. Words can be a balm to a beat up spirit. Words can motivate, inspire you and words can crush you. Words can deflate the most confident person–at least for a time.
Words can transport you to places beyond your imagination. They can make you fly and they can land you into the arms of a lover. Words are powerful! So my challenge to everyone today is use your words wisely. Take the time out to lift up the person bowed over. Let your words hug someone. It only takes a second or two, but the effects can be long lasting!