“sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”
This has to be one of, if not the most greatest fallacy told to children. Words hurt, words hurt way more than any physical injury.
Words have power. They have the power to change you, to change your thinking, to change your outlook for better or worse. And still we take them for granted. We take them for granted like they don’t even matter…
Take for example someone struggling to make ends meet, then someone comes along and encourages them to keep pushing. Or a child struggling at school and their teacher encourages them to keep trying. Those few words, however miniscule will give them the drive to keep moving, to keep trying.
Now imagine the same scenarios but instead of being encouraged, they’re told they’re worthless and will never amount to anything. What do you think would happen then?
Words can either make your life better or destroy it. Words cut deeper, deeper than any physical injury could. Words can hurt you on a deeper emotional level, and healing from that is far much more difficult than let’s say, a broken bone.
The right words at the right time could save a life, and the inverse is true. The wrong words could lead someone down a path they can’t return from, or worse could be that final push that leads them to commit suicide.
Words from different people have different levels of power. Like how troops could be sent to fight a war, but the people who face the repercussions have their wishes completely ignored. What I’ve come to notice is that people in a position of power abuse that power and use their words to make life difficult for everyone else.
Then something we notice everyday. The words of a child are rarely, if not never heard. Why we forget a child is a person too I don’t understand. Children have their own views and opinions which also deserve to be heard. This will relate to this post of mine.
What you say to someone may be the difference between them pushing and trying harder, and them giving up.
To drive my point home,have a look at this quote by Maya Angelou
So before you say anything, take time to think how it might affect whoever you are saying it to…