Motivational Mondays: Sticks & Stones May Break Your Bones But Words CAN Destroy You!

Posted on Jul 21 2014 - 3:20am by Letrice

Motivational Mondays

We have all heard and sung that poem but it was sung differently. The actual poem goes “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.”

It took me years to figure out that that poem was SO wrong and was teaching a horrible lesson. Not only can words hurt you, words can DESTROY you. I grew up around children whose parents would belittle them and degrade them to the point where they were repeatedly told they would be nobody in life. The parents were saying these things out of anger and most likely didn’t mean them, but those words took on life and attached itself to the minds of those innocent kids and now when I visit my hometown and I see some of them and the path their lives had taken, I’m saddened. Some are drug addicts. Some are in and out of jail. Some are alcoholics. Some are homeless. Some are even prositutes. I’m sure no one expected them to end up in these situations but when you hear nothing but negative words spoken into and over you on a daily basis, how can you see yourself differently? If all you have heard was how bad you were, how could you believe anything else?

Motivational Mondays
We as a society have gotten so ill- mannered and downright RUDE with the way we speak to people. I see comments on Twitter that I can’t even believe I’m reading! The things people say to other people they don’t even know is mind-baffling! You would think that we would be more careful with our words seeing how internet bullying has resulted in so many taking their own lives but it’s the exact opposite. We have gotten worse! Even with the way we go in on celebrities. People attack them with threats of death!!

We have to realize that though we may not like what we see on TV, they ARE human beings and they DO have emotions and just because we dislike their behavior, that gives us NO right to say some of the things that we say. I say we because I’m guilty of communicating some things that I have been ashamed of on Twitter. When people would come for me, I would go for BLOOD with my words but afterwards I would feel so ashamed and embarrassed. I felt that way because I understand the power of my words and I would never want to be held responsible for someone harming themselves over them. You might say “well I never say anything THAT bad”! Well what is considered THAT bad? You never know what one sentence could push someone over the edge. We aren’t perfect and we won’t always get it right but if we try to watch what we say, then half the battle is already won. This week I encourage you to think about the impact of your words. Your words can speak life or death. Which path do YOU choose?

Until next time,


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Former Bravoholic and opinionated big mouth who loves God, her family,Hollywood, fashion, the color Pink and reality TV….especially Bravo shows. #Don’tJudgeMe

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  • Good message, Letrice, especially for them crazies on Twitter.

  • JustLetrice

    Thanks Seuss. And crazies is the right word hunny cause LAWD!! Lol

  • WestCoastFeed

    Thank you, Letrice, for reminding us to mind our language. This is a much needed lesson, especially for the soicial media.

  • JustLetrice

    You’re welcome. I have to remind myself on a daily basis.

  • Sharon Oliver

    Thank you…I mean, just thank you!! So very true and well written. I need and try to heed this reminder every day. I don’t know who came up with the pain stopping at sticks and bones, because words do hurt and it can hurt even those with the thickest of skin.

    • JustLetrice

      Thanks Sharon! We all need a reminder often.


    ITA — anyone keep telling you, your nothing and you will never be nothing..
    Words hurts me more than, if my mother whipped me.. The spanking was probably justified in
    “Her eyes” lol. But words stay inside your head and cause so many self esteem problems n others. That u beautiful woman, I never ever liked that poem… Jmo