As a child, you may have said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” If you did, it was most likely in response to a personal attack of insults, lies or slurs.
And as you were defiantly saying this, part of you was already hurting.
Words can have great power. Though they may be carelessly said with a moment of thought, their impact can endure. While broken bones may heal in 6 weeks, a broken spirit can suffer a lifetime.
Though physicians, teachers and others whose work requires a respect for the trust and dependence of those they care for, the responsibility of parents is even greater. They too must seek first to do no harm in their daily duty of raising, protecting and caring for their children.
Our words can do great good, but they can also betray another’s trust in us, exploit their vulnerabilities and break their spirits.
Consider today the power of your speech, and choose your words carefully. Let them convey the best from your heart. Use them to to connect, support, encourage and inspire. Let them bring forth the best from others.