‘‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”
How often have we heard these words and even sang these words to taunt our enemies while growing up. We took it for granted and thought we were invincible because cruel words didn’t hurt us.
Often shielded by parents and loved ones, we, fortunately, didn’t have the fortuity to experience the full meaning of these words, thus saving ourselves from much unpleasantness and possible lifelong therapy.
It’s true, the tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart.
Most often than not we are so quick to pass judgment or express something hateful, without the slightest bit of consideration for the other person’s feelings.
“The worst of our faults is our interests in other people’s faults”
We judge and we get judged on so many levels.
If a person has an angry appearance, then he/she must be unfriendly.
If a person is quiet, then he/she is snobbish.
A fat person, must surely eat a lot and doesn’t take care of his/her health.
A skinny person is fashion conscious, looking for attention or setting the wrong example for other girls
If only we could take a few moments to show sincere interest in someone, we will find, that most probably, that unfriendly person has been through immense pain in their lives..
That quiet person actually suffers from chronic depression
That fat person has a life threatening thyroid condition
And that skinny person can only afford one meal per day.
I’m reminded of these words by a very wise person (p.b.u.h) : “There is reward for kindness to every little thing”
For, sticks and stones can most certainly break my bones, but, not something a few splinters and cast won’t fix…
Words on the other hand, can cause life long pain, and irrecoverable damage.