• Sticks, Stones, and Words

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    “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Robert Fulghum

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    I am of the belief that this quote (often misused), works to invalidate our feelings regarding verbal injustices. While it is true that sticks and stones can break bones; words can destroy nations, relationships, people, and feelings.  If words had no power, why are people moved by books, hurt by disagreements, find it difficult to move forward when recalling statements said of them, or even have psychical responses to being told something as simple as “I love you”?

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    Sticks and stones may leave marks, but words can last forever, replaying in the mind of the listener.  

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    I think it is far more appropriate to say “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I will not allow your words to destroy me.” 

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    Always remember if you were beat with words, objects, or all of the above, there is help. Don’t let someone else’s terrible treatment, be your own undoing.