Choose your words wisely……..words have power.
Recently I was having a conversation with someone about sexual assault. We had a discussion about the word survivor and victim. These words can be used interchangeably when talking about sexual assault, even though these words are very different. Each word paints a very different picture.
When I hear the word victim I think of a person who is helpless. I think of a person who needs to be taken care of. I think of a person who is weak.
When I hear the word survivor I think of a person who is capable of taking care of them. I think of a person who can overcome adversity. I think of a person who has strength.
People reveal a lot about themselves with the words they chose. A person’s words paint a picture of their values and their worldview.
One of the most important things to understand is, words have power. People say, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. But words can have far more impact than physical wounds. Words can hurt the core of a person; words have the potential to change a person.
Stupid, mean, ugly, confident, powerful, beautiful, weak, strong, smart. If you hear the word and believe the word, you can become the word.
Be mindful not only how your words impact people, but also be mindful of how people perceive you because of the words you use. Words have power. That power can either be used for good or evil.