Just a reminder to everyone out there, be aware of what you say to others. You never know the possible button it may push or the influence your words may have on an individual.
This seems like a simple concept but I never fully absorbed it until recently. We really have to remember that we have no idea what others are going through. We cannot fathom the problems people may be suffering from or the demons they may be battling.
Our words, as you probably know, can be vicious weapons when used in a negative way. Do not call people a "drunk" because they may actually have a drinking problem and your label only fuels the fire. Whenever I hear this term being used I become personally offended because of my history. This is conclusive that something you say to a person may not only effect that person but the people who are around when these things are being verbalized.
This is only one example but I trust that you catch my drift. I do not write this to offend or shame people for what they may have said. I write this for awareness and as a reminder of the damage words can cause.
Remember always that everyone is fighting their own battle, whether they chose to talk about it or not. We need to be sensitive about this. Until we have walked in someone's shoes we have no right to label or judge them. We have to be careful about the language we use in general as well. There is always the possibility of someone overhearing the way you speak around certain subjects that others may be sensitive too.
I believe there is probably a word that everyone finds offense when they hear it used. Whether it has to do with your weight, ethnicity, religion, I'm sure there is something. Calling someone a "drunk" is my personal example. We all have our things.
I fully understand that I am ultra sensitive when it comes to this topic. Although I imagine there are others, like me, who feel the same. Basically what I'm wishing you take from this is that know your words matter. The tone, language, and labels that you use can seriously impact how a person feels about themselves. Chose words wisely, they may also effect how a person feels about you. I'm not telling everyone to filter themselves but be prepared for the consequences things you say may have.
"Never ever, ever underestimate the power your words can have........"
- John Goins