Words are powerful. I am not sure that anyone would argue with that. They can make you soar, send you tumbling, sustain you, give hope, bring you back to reality. They can change you.
My own words spoken to others is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to. I speak to children all day. What I say does matter to them. It might make them believe in themselves a little more. My words might hurt their feelings or make them feel sad. It might spur them on to work harder or to make a difference.
Other people's words affect me as well. Some words stick with me, haunt me, heal me, remind me.
Here is a quote that I found that I have been dwelling on for the past month or so. Post it in your car, on your desk, on your mirror, and in your heart.
"All through the day we inadvertantly speak words that enter people's lives and change them in minor or major ways and we never know it." Eugene Peterson
Our words matter. I hope to make mine affect others in a positive way. The choice is yours...