How many times did you hear that saying growing up? I was always being reminded at how words are incredibly powerful. This is something I continue to monitor in myself to this day – words can build someone up, more easily words can tear someone down. I’ve been on the receiving end of both more times than I can count. Words are powerful – we also need to learn when words being said to us are true, or spoken falsely out of anger or other strong emotions. It is equally important for us to learn how to respond to them.
This is something that came up today coaching. We were talking about how it is important for us to choose words that support and encourage others. I went home and got on the world’s best website and ran across this image. What a perfect analogy for the lesson:
What a good example of how saying sorry doesn’t just fix the problem sometimes…our words and our actions are written in pen, but sometimes we do have the opportunity to cross it out and try again. But it still doesn’t go back to the way it was before.
Talking about responding to the negativity was also something we brought up – it is important for all of us to know how to respond. It is important to THINK about what is truly being said before responding. Teaching these young girls how to think about a situation and not let other girls get inside their heads is important – it is up to THEM to block out those negative thoughts and remind themselves of how special they are, just the way they are.
Just some food for thought 🙂