The Power of a Kind Word | Ronda Lee

August 26, 2014 8:05 PM

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The Power of a Kind Word | Ronda Lee

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Bones will heal, but a broken spirit is hard to resurrect. After constantly being told that you are a failure and will not amount to anything, unless a person is strong, words start to seep into the psyche. Those words become shackles, heavy and hard to break. Not everyone has the fortitude of a Michael Jordan to turn negativity, being told you are not a good enough basketball player, into becoming the greatest legend in the history of the game. We are so careless with our words in person and particularly online. We have no problem saying mean and spiteful things via social media that we would not dare say in person. A friend refers to online "trolls" as keyboard gangsters who have a sense of safety from retribution hiding behind their computer screen.

How do we combat the negativity? It is an old fashioned notion, but common courtesy is the key. We have become so desensitized to the needs, wants, and struggles of others. When will we learn that what happens around the corner, down the block, in another city, or country has ripple effects on our l...

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