(Stock photo/ Jelani Memory) Words are more powerful then most of us realize. Be aware of not only what you say, but how you say it. Think twice before you say something you might regret later and use your words to build others up.
Speak Kind Words This Saturday
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AUGUST 25, 2006
Lorraine Jara, BeKindWeek.org

Friday, August 25th began a week-long celebration of people being kind to others. Born in 1988, Be Kind to Humankind Week is now 18 years old. The week is made up of seven special emphasis days, beginning August 25 and ending August 31. This Saturday, we focus on speaking kind words to others.
Speak Kind Words Saturday is my favorite weekly affirmation. The reason it is my favorite is because we all seem to completely forget that what we say has terrific influence (for good or bad) on everyone around us.
The spoken word is extremely powerful. It can make us, break us, hurt others, or heal others. Think before you speak. Literally bite your tongue if necessary. Once blurted out, your words cannot be taken back. They sting and they can destroy a person's self esteem and self worth. Unkind words can create hate and malice.
Consider these suggestions to make your Speak Kind Words Saturday better. Visit www.bekindweek.org to find more "Be Kind to Humankind" suggestions.
  • A kind word is never wasted.
  • Bite your tongue before you allow an unkind comment to flow out.
  • Try not to curse and use foul language- especially around children or in public places.
  • If you don't have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
  • Do not gossip.
  • Words are more powerful then most of us realize. Be aware of not only what you say, but how you say it. You cannot take back the unkind things you say. Words cut like a knife, so think twice before you say something you will regret later.
  • To learn more about Be Kind to Humankind Week and founder Lorraine Jara, visit www.bekindweek.org.