“You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” When I was an elementary school counselor, we used this metaphor to teach children that once words left their mouth, they were impossible to put back.
Just like with words, some people squeeze the tube a little bit and regret saying mean or unkind words. Then, there are others who take the toothpaste tube and squirt it everywhere, leaving damaged feelings in their wake!
Words are powerful.
They have the capacity to heal, encourage, and build others up. However, they also have the power to destroy.
And just like we should gently squeeze our tube of toothpaste, we should gently choose our words to guard the hearts of others.
Cindy Chiariello enjoys inspiring women to discover and live in the fullness of who God created them to be. She is passionate about yoga, deep conversation, special needs advocacy, reading, hiking, and eating well.
Cindy is a mom of three and has been married to her husband Jim for 26 years. She works full time as a School Social Worker and teaches vinyasa, Holy Yoga and restorative yoga in her local studio. She blogs about her faith journey as a mom to a daughter with special needs at: https://lifeonplanb.wordpress.com/