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"The Power of the Tongue"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As I have been thinking about "just the right words to say" at "just the right times" to those people I deal with on a daily basis, family, friends....anyone, I have come to a conclusion. I read this small quotation from an "author unknown" in an inspirational book and thought that I might share it with you.....

Simply put;

"The tongue has no bones, but can still break a heart!"

This is so true. I think that we all need to try and be sure that we bridle our tongues and not let them get out of control. We can use them for good or for hurt. We need to watch, on a daily basis, what we say and convey to others. This goes for dealing with children as well as adults. We can all look back and remember a time that someone spoke unkind to us as a child and even after we've grown up, and it still hurts just the same. Children seem to hurt more and form their thoughts and feelings about life from the words that they hear, especially from those who "love them."

Let's all be careful that our tongues don't get out of control. Life is short. Our journey is important, so let's make our words important also and use them to uplift and encourage, not to "break".

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    Great blog and a wonderful reminder. Words can hurt and leave ill feelings. Kindness counts. Thanks Paula!

    Big Hugs,

    Jane emoticon
    1798 days ago
    You sure blessed me with your kind words the other day! emoticon
    But it's true that we sometimes let our guards down with our family and say things that should not be said to our loved ones.
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    1801 days ago
  • SAMI199
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  • CAROLJ35
    You are so right!!! How well I remember the harsh, unkind words of a high school classmate who was jealous of my boyfriend (who has now been my husband for almost 59 years) and the stranger who told me I wasn't good-looking like my brother.
    But I also remember the words of a gentle, kind man who said I always kept my hair nicely combed. I had rather thin, stringy hair and wonder to this day if I did keep it neat - or - was he politely encouraging me to do so. I certainly did become very conscious of this and tried my best to keep it neat!
    I love the expression you have given us and will remember it!!!
    1802 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon
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    1803 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good morning everyone!

    Here is a big THANK YOU emoticon for reading this post. It meant a lot to me to post my thoughts and for you to share with me in reading them. I am so blessed to be a part of Spark People and to have as many friends as I do on this website.

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    Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

    Paula emoticon
    1803 days ago
    Great words to live by. Words can make or break a person. Thank you for reminding us to use care in what we say
    1803 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Great insight in this quote, and definitely something to remember. My mother was always telling me, "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all."
    So true . . .
    1803 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012

    There are enough weapons in the world without adding the harsh word!
    1803 days ago
    Great blog, great insight, and what a great world if our words were always the exact right thing to say at the exact right time. I try to be encouraging and loving and kind with my words and I remember how absolutely crushing words can be... one of the reason I don't appreciate sarcasm, there is always a bit of truth in what they are saying!
    1803 days ago
    Some days I have teeth marks on my tongue from biting it. I am usually a if-you-can't-saysomething-nice kinda gal, but I like the idea of rewording it to still be truthful AND kind. I will have to practice in my head for awhile so I don't eat my foot! Thanks, Paula!
    1803 days ago
    One of my favorites is:" A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. " Proverbs 15:1
    1804 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I have a saying on my fridge that says 'The truth never has to be brutal, there is always a kind way to say it' The fridge is in Canada and I am here in La Paz, Mexico but you get the idea. I often had a conflict between being truthful and saying what needed to be said and I cherish that saying. It is like the wife who says to her husband 'Does this outfit make me look fat?' (Now that could be a problem) He can anwer 'Yes" and be truthful or say 'No matter what you wear you are beautiful to me' also the truth but far kinder.
    1804 days ago
    So true. My husband and my niece both have sharp tongues that get them into trouble.
    1804 days ago
    EXCELLENT. I have added it to my kitchen wall. Thank you dear friend.
    1804 days ago
    Great quote and even greater reminder to be kind
    1804 days ago
    You are right.
    God bless you always.
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