We’ve all heard the saying, “sticks and stones,” right? When I was younger, that old adage was meant to make someone feel better after hearing unkind words from another. It was normally the words of wisdom spoken by an adult to a child in hopes of boosting child’s spirits.
“Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
These days, it seems words have a much more powerful affect on someone than originally thought, as in my childhood years.
Kind words can be hurtful when spoken harshly. This is even more true of unkind words spoken harshly. Minding what we say and how we say would solve many issues we face in society. As an adult, being on the receiving end of unkind words and how I feel about that is determined by who is speaking the words to me. Obviously, if someone who I love or who loves me says something terrible, it’s going to hurt me much more than if it’s said by someone I don’t care for or don’t even really know.
However, I have learned that no matter who I am speaking to, to always speak with kindness. There really is no reason for rudeness.