“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”
Remember that? Our mothers meant well when they told us that. It was meant to protect us from bullies or others taunting us. It was meant to let us know that even though things like sticks and stones could hurt us physically, words could not hurt us mentally. But that is so untrue. As adults, we now know the power of words and how they can be used to uplift or destroy. Words have the power to incite riots or wars or produce peace and love. We all know this. But, what really got me thinking about this was the YouTube video I received in my email.
This video is about an experiment done with RICE to show the affect our words and positive energy have. (Yes, I said rice). Now, if this happens with rice, can you imagine the effects that we have on people, and especially children? The clip is below, but here are my thoughts:
- We can make all the difference in a child’s life by just paying attention to them.
- We can make an even bigger difference in a child’s life by paying attention to them AND showering them with love and positive energy. No name calling, no chastising and no making them feel less than what they are.
- We can make all the difference in an adult’s life by listening to them.
- We can make an even bigger difference in an adult’s life by listening to them AND showing them respect and kindness. No name calling, no chastising, , and no making them feel less than what they are.
I think I’ll conduct a similar experiment in the near future and share my results with you. In the meantime, if you don’t have anything nice to say, say something nice anyway! What are your thoughts on this video?