I totally should be asleep as I have my final exam for my class in just a few hours but I have too much on my mind right now… Today I have seen words spoken without thinking or out of anger or just being condescending that have hurt people several times, myself included just recently. Yes I’m 30 years old, but yes, I’m still human and yes, words still sting sometimes.
I know that things can come across differently than how they are meant. You can’t see body language or tell the tone of voice. Some people are short and blunt and others put in too much fluff. (I fall in the middle of those categories.)
You can choose to bring others up and to be conscious of the words you are using. If you are trying to share info or correct someone on something they did wrong (whether on purpose or by mistake) be kind and helpful not condescending or demeaning. One of the worst feelings in the world is when someone makes you feel stupid.
It doesn’t take much effort, just think before you type or speak. Consider the other person and consider how your words might sound or come across. Just make a choice to educate, enlighten and empower others in all you say and do.
No one’s perfect. I put my foot in my mouth by accident all the time. If you say something out of line, apologize for it, try to make it right. If the person doesn’t accept the apology then you’ve done your part. If however the person who said those words doesn’t care whether they hurt you or not, then just let it go as they have to answer for that not you.
Just try to be a little kinder, a little more compassionate, a little more caring with people. Words can sting, so use them carefully.