In a few weeks my life will change. I will have the ability to hear more clearly again. I know over the last few years that there are things I have missed, and missed out on, because the words or the intent behind them was lost to me. Remember playing Telephone as a kid? By the time the original sentence was whispered around the circle and into your ear, you usually got a watered down or particularly wacky version. Welcome to my life. Wacked out and watered down!
The words that we hear have the ability to bring out a myriad of emotions within us. They can build us up or they can tear us down. Words are sometimes spoken with harshness, carelessness, or derision. Words can be yelled and thrown as arrows that pierce the heart of those they are aimed at. I know there are some words that many of us wish we never heard or hope to hear again. “I’m sorry, we did all we could,” “I don’t love you anymore, I’m leaving” “You didn’t get the position you applied for,” and the list goes on and on. I know I have said things that have hurt those I love and care about. Maybe I was angry, maybe I was being careless, or maybe I just didn’t realize the effect my words would have.