Thursday, October 4, 2012
The power of words
I should take my bike out on the trail- but I have too much to do at home.
I've been too busy as of late- involved in a lot of fun things- like a lot of volunteer work, but I've neglected my art, my house, my blog, myself. After tonight, I am busy for the next three nights. Fun stuff, yes, but I have plans.
I got home and started to take Chelsea out for a walk and just happened to look down at my phone and saw I had just missed a call from my friend. I'm really bad about leaving my phone off after work and missing calls.
The message was did I want to go out to the trail and walk with her?
I have not walked the trail with anyone this summer. The times I've been out on the trail this summer I've been on my shiny new bicycle.
But a walk and talk with a gal friend? Oh, my. Yes! My friend and I had lunch recently after falling out of touch with one another. When I told Doug we had fallen out of touch he said he couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it, either.
So I called her back, finished walking Chelsea, threw on a pair of hiking shorts and my Paris pink tennis shoes and drove to meet her.
This is the kind of friend that causes me to always feel better after a visit with her. You have those kind of friend, don't you? I hope so.
We had a lot of catching up to do. We both are Grandmas to our first grandchild. We both have two children. We both still have our parents. We had to catch up on all of that.
Then we started talking about how sometimes (especially with those you love the most) words come out of your mouth that you wish you had never said. She asked me if I had those moments with my children. Oh, do I ever. I said a lot of things when my children were growing up that I wish I had never said. The worst thing I ever said was to my daughter. The night she told me she was gay. Well, that night she was trying to soften the blow and she told me she was bi. I sat there shell shocked. Speechless. My daughter said "say something"
and I said "I think I'm going to throw up?"
My daughter told me she was gay and I told her I was going to throw up.
That in my mind, is the worst thing I've ever said to anyone.
So I drove home after our walk thinking about the power of words.
Someone crossed the line with me recently. Perhaps in her mind she thought she was being helpful. But she proceeded to give me some unsolicited advice that was just downright insulting and hurtful. I'm not the sort of person that needs (or desires) that kind of "feedback."
Our words are so very powerful. How will you use your power- for good or evil?
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