Fridays with Susan...
"There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
We've all experienced more than our share of those. Words that hurt. Words that stick with you a lifetime. Words that undo in a flash, the good that has been building for a lifetime.
It's easy for me to remember the words of others who have hurt us and to understand the impact they have. But I forget far too easily how the negative words I say to myself - the words no-one hears but me - do so very much more damage than anyone on the other side of my skin can do. Likewise, it is with "the tongue of the wise" that I have the power to speak healing into my own heart.
I have to be careful. My attitude toward myself affects my view of others and colours how I see them too.
Is that where it starts?. Can I only be as kind and loving to others as I am to myself first?
Though no-one else can hear me, it's important to choose those words carefully that I say to myself...