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Sticks and stones can break our bones, but words can never hurt me.
See, there is a story of a major league baseball player who's speaking to inmates in prison.
One of the inmates asks him, "How did you become a professional ballplayer sir?" to which he says...
You know, I think it started when I was a boy.
I would play catch with my dad, and he would always say: "You keep throwing the ball like that son and you'll end up in the major leagues one day."
You keep swinging a bat like that, son, and you'll end up in the major leagues one day.
And here I am, a professional ballplayer.
The room became quiet, and the inmate who asked the question he said, you know, the same thing happened to me when I was a boy.
My father told me that I was good for nothing and that one day I would end up in prison and here I am.
Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
See, words can cut deeper and fester longer than any sword known to man.
I still haven't forgotten what they told me as a kid, the teasing, the insecurities that they created.
Have you?
Consider the story of a little girl.
She's in the grocery store with her mother, and she drops a bottle of milk onto the floor breaking it.
The mother says: "You stupid child, why did you do that?"
Consider the story of another little girl who's in the grocery store with her mother.
She drops the bottle of milk onto the ground, breaking it, and this mother says, "That was a very stupid thing you did."
Which child do you think will grow up to have a healthier self-image and more self-confidence?
The one who was called stupid or the one whose action was called stupid.
See, it is important to be mindful of the words that we use to our friends, our families, our loved ones and strangers.
Because sticks and stones can break our bones but words can break our hearts.
And if we're not careful, it can shatter our dreams.
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A Message to Bullies

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Annie Chien published on May 27, 2020    Annie Chien translated    adam reviewed
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