Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Are Far More Hurtful


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This childhood saying has since echoed in all of our minds. We’ve heard teachers say it, parents say it, even friends say it so often, we can recite it in our sleep. It has since become so popular as a way to offer a sort of comfort, but is it really true?

Take a moment to think about this; have you ever uttered hurtful words to another individual without a second thought? I’m pretty sure everyone including myself has, but do you regret it? Speech comes so naturally to us we take it for granted. Our words flow so perfectly out of our mouths; many of us often forget to filter what is appropriate to be said. We freely express ourselves and fail to realize the positive and negative effects we have on others around us. Believe it or not, words are powerful! You have more of an influence than you would like to know. Words can have such power, they are perfectly capable of pushing someone over the edge but at the same time, change someone’s life for the better.

The old saying that I mentioned at the start says that “words will never hurt you.” Do you believe it? How many times have you gone home upset or crying because someone at school/work said that you weren’t smart enough, pretty enough, fit enough? How about having your day brightened by a friend, someone you like, or a complete stranger because they commented on how nice of a smile you have? If “words can never hurt you,” then why is it that people break down after hearing that a loved one has passed away or grin with happiness when they hear the three words “I love you?”

Next time we open our mouths, stop and think, “how would I feel if I heard someone say this to me?” “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it” because words can cause wounds thousands of times deeper than physical injuries.

A last note to those that suffer emotionally: You are beautiful no matter what those around you say. Hold your head up high because the hurtful things are just not worth your time to frown over. There is no such thing as being born into this world unloved.


One Response to Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Are Far More Hurtful

  1. lenawychoi says:

    Love this video, it’s so powerful

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