Especially in Africa, words are spoken freely and with no control either during play or anger. Parents are also involved in speaking rashly even to their own children. A father can go beyond calling his son a fool etc to cursing the son with words that are destructive. Not many people knows or believe that words are powerful but many should reason along that just as someone may know how to speak, another also know how to listen. If there is a speaker, there is a hearer.
The words we speak to our relatives, beloved friends, children or spouse should be vetted and censored before releasing it. Some of these words goes farther than it is spoken. The hearer can be affected right there or in the future. We must mind what we say when angry or even when catching fun with each others. This incident below should be a good example to those who cares:
In South Africa, an 11 year old child committed suicide on his mother’s birthday as a birthday gift to his mother.
He left a letter saying, “on today’s special day, I want you to be the happiest ever. everyday you used to say that happiness left your life the day I was born. You told me dad left because of me. So today, I want to change things. I want you to be very happy and live as if I never existed. You told me you’d never look at me with love but I always loved you and admire you as the best mom on earth. I hope one day you will think of me, I hope in heaven you will finally hold me and kiss me. The best gift I could give you is leaving your life as you’ve always told me you wished I was never born. I love you mom. Happy birthday”.
Please parents be careful of what you say to your kids. Husband and wife, be careful what you say to your spouse. Children, be careful what you say to yourselves. It is even important that you are careful what you say to yourself.
Negative, demeaning and abusive words do cut so deep. Let this be a lesson.
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