There’s an old quote that says, “Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me.” This quote was originally meant to make people feel better when someone called them an ugly name. Unfortunately, the direct opposite is true in today’s society, with much bullying trouble and cyber bullying occurring. Wounds from sticks and stones are on the outside and can heal, and even broken bones can heal. However, destructive words and verbal abuse hurt on the inside and in some cases may never heal.
Our words are so important. What we say is a reflection of our hearts. An unkind word to someone may affect them for the rest of their lives, but fortunately, a kind word may also stay with someone for their entire life. One compliment or encouraging word could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Our words should build people up, rather than tear them down. According to an article from www.loveisrespect.org, a relationship can be unhealthy or abusive even without physical violence. Verbal abuse may not cause physical damage, but it does cause emotional pain. It’s been proven that sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what others are saying. Constantly being criticized and told you aren’t good enough causes you to lose confidence and lowers your self esteem. If you ever feel verbally abused, there’s help! Talk to someone you trust about the situation, like a parent, friend or teacher, and make a safety plan. Always remember to choose your words wisely, because you never know what effect they will have on others!