Our words carry a lot of weight and the things we say can have an impact long past the actual event in which they were said. I read this article today and it reaffirms the power of our words.
The author of the article shares this memory from his past:
I’m now 48 years old but I still remember the words, and how they made me feel, that a coach said to me when I was 17–31 years ago!
I was not feeling well and had performed poorly at a cross-country meet. I normally placed in the top-5 for my team, but came in well below that for this race. When the coach asked me what happened, I just said “I didn’t feel good.” He must have interpreted that as “I just didn’t feel like pushing hard today.” What he said to me in front of all of my teammates was “Van Horn, you’re a loser! You’ll never amount to anything in life.”
Read the rest of the article (the link is below) and the author’s thoughts on the power of our words. It’s a good reminder to all of us.