If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
I heard one of my sons passing on this advice to one of his children the other day. He smiled at me because he knew this was a something I’d said to him when he was a child. I got that piece of wise advice from my own mother years and years ago.
It’s not easy to keep your mouth shut when you are hurt or angry, but believe me it beats saying something you wish you’d never said in the first place. Don’t get into the nitty gritty, just let it go.
The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.
Words are powerful. We can use them to encourage, to help, to heal or to hurt, harm or humiliate. Choose them well.
Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will brake our hearts.