– Milton Erickson, M.D.
Words are Deadlier than Bullets!
A well-placed bullet will kill your victim once. However, deadlier than bullets are ill-thought, misunderstood, and poorly spoken words! These things can, and usually will, kill the receiver. But more so than this, over time, these words have the potential of mentally killing both, the speaker, and also, the receiver of the words…over, and over, and over again.
How do you stop such things…such things as deadly words?
Never say them.
How do you stop the pain of reliving the anguish of these deadly words?
Have forgiveness in your heart – and really mean it.
Is there a limit to the number of times one is allowed your forgiveness?
That, my friends, is up to the receiver of the deadly words. If it is in their heart to forgive you, then you have been given another chance to NEVER be a fool again with your words.
If the receiver of the deadly words has had enough pain and can not find it in their heart to really forgive, then the speaker of the deadly words has killed himself with his own carelessness of deadly words. He has lost…he is lost. Scars are made by their own hand.
Sometimes, it may be a comfort to die by the bullet rather than continuously dying by the pain, you know you have caused someone you love, with your careless words.