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It’s not just the words, but the way you say them, or if written, where you put the punctuation to get the best effect.
I try not to repeat too many ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ in a sentence and try not to make my sentences too long.
NO is such a short word, but powerful and speaks volumes. It has cost us friends and in so doing, our confidence. However, living on the boat proved to us that those we thought as friends were in fact hangers on for convenience, theirs, and we were better off without them.
Sometimes, we have to be careful with our choice of words so as not to offend, which is a fact of life today because even the most innocent remark could end up offending someone somewhere.
On the other hand, one simple word, such as Thanks, can lift someone’s day.
IMO every word has its own power, and sadly there are many who use that against others.
I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives.
We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
Well said Di. Words are very important
I couldn’t agree more, Di! Words are definitely powerful!
Although my initial response to this quote was slightly different but you have made me realise in this post how important some simple words can be. No and Thanks can indeed make a tremendous difference to a relaionship.
We’ve seen how checkout staff have been ignored by customers who don’t so much as pass the time of day as their purchases are being run through, so we always make a point of engaging them in conversation while we’re packing and leaving them with a smile.
That is really nice of you.
Both of us have worked with the general public and know what a thankless task it can be.