Words Do Hurt

Words do hurt“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I don’t know how old I was when I learned this rhyme, but as a parent, I know it is meant to teach kids that yes, fighting can be physically painful, but words can be ignored, and therefore don’t have to be hurtful.

Unfortunately, words do hurt. They can make for a bad impression, bruise friendships, destroy relationships, and leave an ache that stays deep in one’s soul forever. While social media has always allowed for an element of anonymous discord, over the past few months, it has become the norm, and the anonymity has disappeared.

Regular, everyday words, such as “snowflake”, have a negative new meaning, there is little to no tolerance for differing opinions, and sarcasm has become downright ugly. Don’t like what someone has to say? Start your attack by calling them a name.

Harsh, critical words and name calling don’t make people want to listen to what you have to say, and they do nothing to enhance your credibility. So what’s the point in using them?

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2 Responses to Words Do Hurt

  1. Connie Irvine January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    You are exactly right. I myself have had to reflect on my own responses. It is time to learn the art of etiquette and take back common decency and respect. I appreciate what you do!!

    • Jodi Blackwood January 23, 2017 at 12:17 am #

      It’s very easy to get caught up in the conversation, Connie, and we all say things without thinking (which is one of the problems.) Just like we can’t put toothpaste back in the tube, we can’t take back words once they’ve been said, so remembering to think first is something we can all work on — me included. Thanks for your comment!

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