Words are powerful things.
You can spend hours reading famous quotations affirming that fact—from founders of the world’s great religions…to history-making leaders…to profoundly influential authors…to the anonymous wisdom of proverbs. (I recommend doing that, by the way—it’s extremely thought-provoking!)
In sum, there’s no lack of evidence that words have an unparalleled capacity both to wound and to heal.
And yet, when it comes to the words we ourselves say, we seem to have an abysmal knack for forgetting that.
Some of us haul off verbally at other people when we’re stressed, telling ourselves that they won’t take it personally—that we’re just “letting off steam.”