I’ve heard more times than I can count by multiple people expressions like this:
“I just speak my mind, if they don’t like it, oh well.”
“I’ll say what I want to say, and they can just get over it.”
“If you don’t like what I said, that’s your problem.”
I want to tell people to be careful with your words, once said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten. How you make others feel about themselves with your words, says a lot about you.
Don’t say something permanently hurtful just because you’re temporarily upset. It only takes a few moments to hurt someone with our words, but it can take years to repair the damage. Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out; think how you would feel if they were said to you.
Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but no opportunity to replace the words you spoke. Speak only when you feel your words are better than your silence. You never know how long your words will stay with someone, long after you’ve forgotten them. Just because you’re free to say whatever you want doesn’t mean that you always should!
Lastly, tomorrow you’ll have to live with the things you said. Think before you speak!
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