Words. They are powerful. They have impact. They can build a bridge or be a wrecking ball. The phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. People may wish this…just like they wished they didn’t care about what other people say or do. We care. It’s human. You have emotions; that is perfectly normal. Not having a response to someone’s words —no emotional response— would be dull and empty. We would miss out on the sweet moments just as much as the painful ones. Don’t wish your emotions away; instead work through them. Experience them and grow. Let’s not forget that the we words we speak to ourselves are equally important and no I’m not talking about “crazy voices”….although some of your inner dialogue could very well be considered crazy. What labels do you give yourself? Your words matter, even the quiet ones that no one else hears. Be mindful of your words today. Be impactful.