Take Care How You Build

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A kind word and a mean word do not weigh the same, word for word.

Kind words are light and porous–beautiful–and only make a solid structure with many upon many upon many.  The weight multiples as the words do and stronger becomes the structure.

Sadly, it only takes one badly-placed mean word–hard and dense–to destroy a whole series of kindnesses.  Repair and healing take time,

and often a scar remains.

Take care how you build.

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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13 Responses to Take Care How You Build

  1. melodylowes says:

    Well said. Those damaging words can take a lifetime to erase…

  2. dorannrule says:

    I love the way you say this. Words are so important! 🙂

  3. tootlepedal says:

    I have failed to take this advice only too often. I’ll try to do better.

  4. reinkat says:

    True words of wisdom.
    I hope I can keep them in the forefront of my meager mind each and every day.

  5. dan4kent says:

    You’ve hit it. Odd how much weight a kind word carries in lifting both parties as it moves. Appreciate your good counsel on the heaviness of the mean. It’s got me thinking which is always appreciated. Thank you. Dan

    • Thanks for your thoughtful response. We gain understanding of this principle generally when we are on the receiving end. Oh, that we would remember when we are about to give it.

  6. Lindy Lee says:

    You’re a wise, dear person…

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