Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers: Words Matter — 3/9/11
In honor of Words Matter Week, here are ten of my favorite quotes about words and how family caregivers can best use them . . . or not.
“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
~ Blaise Pascal
“The most important things are the hardest things to say.
They are the things you get ashamed of because
words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when
they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.”
~ Stephen King
“I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words
to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.”
~ Anne Frank
“A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“Sometimes when I’m talking, my words can’t keep up with my thoughts.
I wonder why we think faster than we speak. Probably so we can think twice.”
~ Bill Watterson
“We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another –
until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.”
~ Richard M. Nixon
“Silence is more eloquent than words.”
~ Thomas Carlyle
“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.”
~ James Earl Jones
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
~ Mark Twain
“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself,
the most comforting words of all – This, too, shall pass.”
~ Ann Landers
Are you careful with the words you use when you speak to your care recipient?
Do you listen to their words? Really listen?
Are you careful about what your body language says?
Are you careful with your words even when they’re asleep (or ailing) and you don’t think they can hear you?
Words matter — truly they do!
This post is my reply to the Words Matter 2011 Day 3 Blog Challenge.