Slow down and think before you speak...


Last week, a women in our SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group shared how she cringes each time she hears someone say, “Oh if that happened, I’d kill myself,” or “I could just shoot myself.” Phrases such as these have become second nature for many and unfortunately, the speaker rarely thinks about the implications of what is being said. Rarely is the speaker actually contemplating suicide – they are merely stating their frustrations over an issue. However, for those of us who have lost someone to suicide, these casual phrases can be hurtful. I caution each of you to think before you speak (a lesson for all of us to be sure), especially before tossing out the words, “I can’t believe he did that. He might as well blow his brains out!”

Please know that if you’ve said this in the past, there is no judgment from me…I just ask that you please reconsider your wording in the future.

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Tears to Joy: Slow down and think before you speak...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Slow down and think before you speak...


Last week, a women in our SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group shared how she cringes each time she hears someone say, “Oh if that happened, I’d kill myself,” or “I could just shoot myself.” Phrases such as these have become second nature for many and unfortunately, the speaker rarely thinks about the implications of what is being said. Rarely is the speaker actually contemplating suicide – they are merely stating their frustrations over an issue. However, for those of us who have lost someone to suicide, these casual phrases can be hurtful. I caution each of you to think before you speak (a lesson for all of us to be sure), especially before tossing out the words, “I can’t believe he did that. He might as well blow his brains out!”

Please know that if you’ve said this in the past, there is no judgment from me…I just ask that you please reconsider your wording in the future.

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3 Comments:

At July 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger writerchick said...

This is really good. Thanks for sharing this reminder. Most people don't understand what they're saying when speaking those words and just how hurtful they can be to whoever is around them.

 
At August 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM , Anonymous sara said...

So inspiring natalie

 
At January 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree - I also cringe when I hear people say this. It's literal to me.

 

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