Words can hurt
I don’t want to admit mean words came out of my mouth. But they did. I said something recently that I wish I could take back. Cruel words came out of my mouth. Someone heard what I said. I am ashamed.
Have you ever tried to put toothpaste back in the tube? I tried this afternoon. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. I can’t take back the words I said.
Words are not like post-it notes that fade with time and fall off. Words that destroy often get swallowed, and remain inside, embedded into the tissue like a scar after surgery.
I know better. I know words can hurt. But I was careless. I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t think anyone could hear me. But, they could. Someone heard what I said.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I apologized. But the words are still there.
There are mean words inside of you. Cruel words were spoken to you, as a child, as an adult. You swallowed the words. You have let the mean words define you. Spit them out. Stop swallowing mean words.
Isn’t it odd that we as humans will swallow and own hurtful words so often. But the kind, sweet ones we let get carried away on the breeze.
I will hold on to the kind sweet words I let the wind carry away, and I will spit out the hurtful words I have swallowed.
God made you special and He loves you very much.
Bob the Tomato – Veggie Tales
Have you ever said something you regretted?
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.