2012 was a crazy year. It started out uneventful. When we got to the last 3-4 months…totally different thing.
It seemed to spiral out of control. Words, like hairball & smile, to be exact, were a large part of what saddened my heart as 2012 started to wind-down.
The first word, ‘hairball’, was so offensive to a person that it ended an 11 year collaboration and friendship.
The other word was ‘smile’. As words go, smile isn’t a word you would think could cause such a problem. Timing is everything and the timing of the word smile on my Facebook page knocked the wind out of me, added to my heartache, and almost ended a 52 year friendship.
It’s one thing to make a comment that makes someone cry but also lightens their heart. It’s another thing to make someone cry and crush their already broken heart.
If yours words, no matter how innocent you think they are, come across wrong or are taken in a way you didn’t mean them…correct it. Not only correct it, do it quickly. Own it and apologize.
Some people don’t realize the power behind words. The person dishing them out may think the other person is being too sensitive…it doesn’t matter.
A half-hearted apology will lead to a half-hearted acceptance. That will leave a huge elephant in the room.
Words can hurt or words can heal.
Choose yours carefully.