Your words are powerful, your words are sacred. They speak your ideas, your hopes, and your dreams. They can lift others up when they are down, they can soothe and they can heal.

Your words can also harm. Your words can slice deeply, ruin someone’s day, scar their heart and soul.

So often, when we are angry, we lash out at those we care about…or those we don’t. We seek to bring those simply around us to our level of anger and frustration, whipping our words out against their flesh so they feel the heat and the pain.

Sometimes, we don’t realize what we’re doing. But try as you might to take back the things you spoke out of anger, you just can’t. You can’t bring those words back. You can’t make the sting of them hurt any less. An apology can only do so much, especially if you continuously lash out at them. Your apologizes will eventually be worth less than pennies.

I do not handle harsh words well. I am too affected by them, they force me down onto the cold, soggy ground. Try as I might to not give power to negatively spoken words and people, they often get to me anyway. I don’t have a tough shell. These harsh words are joined by my own feelings of worthlessness, feelings I try to change. The feelings of someone who suffers from depression and anxiety.

Sorry only goes so far. Words cut far deeper than an apology could ever reach…


Remember that.


About J.C. Hannigan

25. Mother. Wife. Lover of words. Weaver of stories. My first book, Collide, is available in e-book for Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
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One Response to Words

  1. Truth! I feel this so much. It’s so hard to speak up once you’ve been hurt by someone’s words. This was eloquently put.

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