Word of the Day: Diplomacy
You worry too much about what goes into your mouth and not enough about what comes out of it.
~ Leah Chase
Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cut to the core. Words are more powerful than we realize. Mere words can convince a child that he is worthless and unloved. Mere words can put an unbridgeable distance between spouses. Mere words can stop us in our career paths.
We can probably all recall a time when somebody said something hurtful to us. Long past the apology, if there was one, the words linger on, perhaps still having the power to make us wince. Let’s remember that our words have the same power.
Let’s use our words wisely. They can challenge, but in a positive way. They can praise and encourage and speak with love. Let’s use them to build up, rather than destroy.
On this day, I will try to select my words with care, opting for silence rather than abusiveness. And I will remember to affirm my friends and loved ones.
Excerpts from Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage