Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. – Yehuda Berg
Have you ever stopped to consider why you have 2 ears and one mouth? How much time do you spend talking instead of listening? Why do we, as humans, think that words are harmless? The fact is, words are more powerful than we admit. As the opening quote relates, words can either harm or heal.
There is a brilliant author named Joseph Telushkin who has written an incredible book called Words that Hurt, Words that Heal: How to Use Words Wisely and Well. I cannot possibly add to his brilliance and eloquence in that masterpiece of literature, so I will simplify the teaching for those that wish to read on.
Words that improve something or someone.
Words that correct something.
Words that prevent something positive.
Words that diminish something or someone.
Words that inflict pain on something or someone.
Words that embarrass something or someone.
Words that enhance something or someone.
Think back to one your own most painful event in life. Was it words? Do yourself a favor and choose them carefully.
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