The words we choose hold immense power. With every spoken, written or typed word, we have the opportunity to make a positive impact or a negative one. Our words can build others up or tear them down, and it’s essential to recognize the impact they can have.
Productive words are those that inspire, educate, and encourage. They help us to understand each other better, to empathize, and to connect on a deeper level. Productive words include phrases like “I understand how you feel,” “I appreciate your efforts,” and “Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.” These words can empower people, and by using them, we can create a supportive and inclusive environment.
On the other hand, destructive words can harm, degrade, and devalue others. They can be used to manipulate and control, to create division and foster resentment. Destructive words include phrases like “you’re not good enough,” “that’s a stupid idea,” and “why can’t you be more like so-and-so?” They can destroy self-confidence, discourage people from speaking up, and make others feel excluded and alone.
Use your words like you are aware of the power they possess. Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.