Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’e ever gotten. Does it still apply?
Words can do so much harm but, I think it all depends on how much of those words we let sink in under our skins. I’m sure you will agree with me though that one has to be pretty thick skinned not to feel the sting in the words directed at oneself. There were some really harsh things said to me about myself growing up, but I don’t really feel like repeating them now. The thing is that when you brainwash a child about their “badness,” there is some of it that will not only sting the skin, but those words will get right under the skin and start festering.
Once those festering words start sinking into your soul, and when settled there, they are really difficult to flush out. I don’t know of anyone on this earth who can reverse painful words once they have been said.
But maybe, just take a minute to think of who the person or people are who spew these awful words. Surely festering words originate from a very sickly soul. Don’t let them affect you. – This is rich coming from myself as I am today, blinking back a few tears, and pushing away waves of a really upset feeling – all from words uttered…A never ending spiral, it seems.
“A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”