Words (of course) are part of the way that humans communicate with each other. It’s not the only way but the most common. Words can convey all kinds of things such as emotions, learning, and protesting just to name a few. Unfortunately, we are all guilty of being careless with the words we speak. The first time I spoke in front of a large group I was given this piece of advice that speaks to the use of words. The advice was that always keep in mind that you have no idea what the people in front of you are going through. You see, this advice seems to be forgotten by people who have spoken in front of larger groups for years if not decades. The same thing happens in our daily lives.

One of the biggest culprits in the poor use of words are e-mails. There is simply no way that you can sense somebody without being in their physical presence. Years ago my older brother and I had words over a family matter. ( of course, if he would have kept his mouth shut the issue was going to be fixed the next morning) I had been married for several years and had come back to my hometown to celebrate our father’s retirement. The words my brother used towards me were ” I’m telling you”. I don’t recall anything he said to me after that and the matter was not resolved the next day. Facebook is another way words matter. A few years back my sister and I were communicating on Facebook when she informed me that I did not have the skill set to be her brother!

So words do matter and we need to be real careful how we use them.