Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Unintentional Hurt.

Have you ever thought about how often you hurt others unintentionally? I have been thinking about this for a few days. I don't really know how often I do it, but I know that I do it. And I know that I don't mean to. But my intentions don't make the hurt, hurt less =/  Sometimes my words just don't come out right. And sometimes, even my honesty hurts.

Sometimes I have days that I am just cranky and snappy.  That is no excuse to forget about the feelings of those around me. I don't wake up and decide that I want to hurt someones feelings. And knowing that I hurt someones feelings makes me feel like crap. BUT sometimes, it just happens. I don't always think before I speak. I don't always think about how my honesty will sit with someone else. I don't always ask myself if what I am about to say is hurtful or helpful. I don't sensor myself. I think we all have the best of intentions for the most part. And sometimes, my honesty can be a double edged sword. I want to do/say the right thing. But sometimes, the truth hurts. And never in a way that I intended it too. Words hurt. Even when you don't mean for them to. The worst part, is that once you say them, you can never take them back. We have all had at least one experience where someone said something hurtful, intentionally or unintentionally. And sometimes, those words stick around for a while.

I'm challenging myself to put others feelings before my own. I'm challenging myself to show love through my words and actions on a daily basis. I challenge you to do the same.

Happy Tuesday, Y'all!
Jen

6 comments:

SEL said...

Great point. I've thought about it in the past, and have tried to mark my words carefully.

I actually had that poster up in my classrooms for my students. (for when I taught high schoolers AND first graders.) Ha. :)

morgan said...

what a great challenge. you're right, it's never an excuse to take out our emotion on others. we have to continue to allow God to move through us, even on the tough days.
thanks for these encouraging words! it's always a blessing to find other believers in the blogosphere!
i actually have an ongoing link up on my blog for christian women bloggers if you're interested
following your blog via the gfc blog hop. looking forward to future posts :)
morgan

Jen said...

It's a real challenge for me. I have no filter. Ha. But I am working on it.

It is by far, one of my favorite pins!

Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Morgan! I noticed you were in GA. I'm in Alabama!!

I am learning a little more every day about allowing God to move through me. It's not been easy, but it's so worth it!!

Taylor said...

I really like the quote you ended with, it is definitely worth remembering.
I found your blog through GFC blog hop and am now following.

Rachel said...

Great post! Glad I found your blog. New follower via the GFC blog hop.

Stop by and say hello. :)

Rachel
http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com