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Choose Wisely: How Our Words Impact Others

Choose Wisely: How Our Words Impact Others

A lot can be said for what we say. The words we choose and how we use them can build others up or tear them down, bring a community together or rip it apart.

Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. So how do our words impact others, and how can we choose them wisely? Today, we’re going to find out.

 

Your words have meaning.

The greatest mistake we can make is believing our words have no value in other people’s lives. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and, for whatever reason, you can still remember it practically word for word years down the road? Now consider a similar conversation in someone else’s life—your words could be the ones they have in their head.

The words we choose mean something. Whether that meaning is positive or negative is up to you. If you want to live altruistically and make an impact in the world, try starting with the words you choose every day. How do you talk to others, yourself, your superiors or your inferiors? When we recognize the value our words have, we take the first step in being a positive force among others.

 

Your words are remembered.

If words have meaning, then they are definitely remembered. Consider the child in class whose teacher tells him he’s never going to be as good of a student as his older sister. This comment could mean nothing to the teacher but will always be remembered by the child. 

In contrast, think of the child whose teacher tells him how much she believes in him. Even a simple comment can make a long-term impact, good or bad. Our words aren’t just for today—they’re for every day after too. What you say now could be remembered for years to come, so choose carefully.

 

Your words make a difference.

Think of powerful words throughout history which have had a lasting difference in our world: “Four score and seven years ago.” “I have a dream.” “Tear down this wall.” 

Our words, when chosen correctly, can make a positive contribution to our own lives and the lives of those around us. Words filter through us and into our community, where they are absorbed and reasserted by others. When we recognize the power our words have, we see the impact they carry and carefully choose them based on the difference we want to make.

 

Speak with mindfulness.

So how can we choose our words wisely? By being mindful of what we say and the effect it may have. Mindfulness is more than just thinking before speaking. It’s considering the people around us and promoting a more compassionate society through our language choice. 

Rather than lashing out emotionally and uncontrollably when speaking on an issue, mindfulness means putting thought into how your words could impact others. It means recognizing poor language choice and readjusting to live a more loving life.

 

The words you choose in your life have meaning, are remembered and make a difference. When we recognize the power in our words, we can harness that power to become a force for good in the community around us.

Our Impact in 2019

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

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  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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