Words. They let us express ourselves. They let us voice our opinions. They let us tell people how much we love them. They let us talk to people about anything and everything. Our first word is celebrated and our last word is never forgotten. Words are powerful.
We use words everyday to carry on conversations, teach, tell a story, and so much more. The words we speak are heard by all around us. We use them wisely. We often hear new words. Words used for slang. Words we’ve never heard. Big words. Little words. But are the words we are using for good?
Words are powerful. They can have more meaning than you’ll ever know. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me is a lie. Words hurt. Words said to others float around in their head bumping around constantly being a forever reminder. Even words whispered to others hurt those spoken about.
“(Insert name) is so stupid.” I thought they were my friend. Maybe I am stupid for believing we were friend. I’m an idiot. I am stupid.
“(Insert name) is so ugly.” Why would they say that about me? I thought we were friends. I’m not ugly. Look at me. I have a nice smile I guess. I have….Maybe I am ugly. I am so ugly. No one will ever like me. Maybe I should just end it all.
You can insert anyone’s name and whatever terrible thing you think about them and they all have the same outcome. Self doubt. Mental health struggles. Trust issues. Self destructive behaviors. All because someone else said something bad. What if….What if we used our words for good instead?
“(Insert name) is really pretty.” They think I’m pretty? That was so nice of them. They’re way prettier than me. Maybe I should tell them. “I think you’re really pretty too.”
“(Insert name) is such a good dancer.” They think I’m a good dancer? “Thank you. You are too. Want to dance with me?”
You can insert anyone’s name and anything good about them here and the outcome is drastically different. Confidence is boosted. Mental health doesn’t suffer. Friendships are made. No one is hurt. No one is left wondering why they weren’t good enough because someone else decided to make them feel bad.
Words are powerful. It’s too easy to say whatever is on our mind, good or bad. It’s harder to voice something nice about someone, especially a stranger in the club, grocery store, or just out and about. We lead by example. Using our words to lift others up instead of tear them down is how we set that example. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.