"He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity." ~Proverbs 21:23 "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." ~James 1:19
How often do we hear parents in Walmart yelling things like that at their children? Walmart seems to be a magnet for that: "Light whippings in Aisle 4!" I confess, one day I was one of those moms who had had all her buttons pushed and had one last nerve which finally frayed and snapped. I don't remember for sure where we were or what we were shopping for, but I do remember that the boys were whiney and getting into trouble and begging for this, that and everything. I finally lost it.
I grabbed Scott's arm and I spun him around as I gritted my teeth. "I'm going to kill you!" I hissed. Oh...my...gosh! You could have heard the proverbial pin drop...
If only sentences were a palpable string of words that could be reeled back in and reassembled into more loving phrases but they are not. Once spoken, they can build up or tear down, bolster confidence or devastate self-image, instill trust or crumble assurances. How often have we spoken words we regret with our whole being for months or years to come?