Words have the power to hurt or the power to bless!
I read on Facebook about a mother who wanted to impress upon her child how hard it is to take back words once they are spoken. Her daughter was beginning middle school the next day and she knew from past experience how mean kids can be at that age. She brought her a full tube of toothpaste and asked her to squeeze it until it was empty. When she finished she told her to put the toothpaste back in. Of course she said, “I can’t.” Her mom told her, “that’s right, you can’t and what I’d like you to realize is words are the same way. Once said, you can’t take them back. It’s easy to gossip with the other girls, but it is so hurtful to the one that is being talked about.” What a beautiful lesson!
I remember as a little girl, my mom saying that she felt like gossip was a sin. She said when you repeat something that you heard, but don’t know if it’s true or not, you’re gossiping. Especially if the person you’re saying it to doesn’t know the person you are talking about. You are helping them form a negative opinion about the person and that is just wrong.
When we are spiritually centered with Divine love in our heart we don’t even consider using ugly or hurtful words. I believe it’s when our ego takes over that those words are used and they are not of the Spirit. I hope that all of your words will have the power to bless!
Toni True-Wills, Ph.D.