When I was in elementary school my grandmother, who taught me the word “idiot” at the age of 5, taught me the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Sound familiar?
I thought it was true for the longest time. Until words began to rip me apart from the inside out. It’s true that words leave no physical damage in their wake, but they leave emotional scaring that can last a life time. So now, unlike my younger 10 year old self, the saying goes more like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can almost kill me.” As a reminder to myself (and others) that we should be mindful of the words we speak because they can uplift or absolutely destroy other people.