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Use kind words

Published:Wednesday | February 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO, MI neighbour! Today, I post another reminder that "a soft answer turneth away wrath; but a grievous word stirreth up anger". While words may not 'break your bones' like 'sticks and stones', they can certainly cause much destruction.

In late December 2014, a two-year-old boy in the USA pulled a handgun from his mother's purse and accidentally shot and killed her in a store where they went shopping. This unfortunate incident is used to make the point that insensitive words from the lips can be as deadly as a gun in the hand of a two-year-old.

For a peaceful society, its citizens must use carefully chosen words as they interact with one another. A simple expression like 'clear off!' can wreak havoc of even the most peaceful community. The gentleman who was told to 'clear off' by the young lady whom he 'psssted' in the community felt disrespected and physically assaulted her. Relatives got involved, he lost his life, tension developed, and many fled the now divided community. What if?

But come to think of it, are words the real problem? Or is it the context in which they are used? Even the word love inappropriately used can cause serious problems. If Jhonno had only said good morning to Jane as he passed by, he could have saved his eye. Not knowing that her jealous fiancÈ was inside listening to his spoken words, he proceeded to tell her that he loved her ... the rest is history.

During the 1990s, Japanese author and international researcher Dr Masaru Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effects of words on the crystalline structure of water. Positive and negative words were spoken over two separate containers of water before freezing in order to form the crystalline structure. The results were unbelievable. The water over which positive words were spoken (now frozen) was symmetrical and

aesthetically pleasing while the other was the opposite. If the spoken word has such an effect on water, just imagine the effect of positive words on the average man, who is said to be 70 per cent water.

The Good Book says that the 'power of life and death is the tongue'. The words uttered from our lips can build or destroy. Let's build a positive society by speaking positive words to everyone we meet.

Hoping that I've offended no one today. If I did, please forgive me. Forgiveness is the best defence against all possible outcomes of an offence.


Thanks for helping


1. Kevin, St Andrew, for offering temporary accommodation to small family.

2. Janice, St Andrew, for offering to donate children's clothing to Natalie.

3. Lorna, for connecting with Andrene, St Catherine, who asked for a settee.

4. Mrs Brown, St Catherine, for financial assistance granted to Eulalee, St Andrew, to start a little business.

5. Simone, for offering a sewing machine to a neighbour.







1. Bevlin, St Ann, is caring for six grandchildren and needs help. She is trying to rear chickens and is in need of a refrigerator or a deep freeze. She is also asking for a TV and bed linen.

2. Edna, Clarendon, a senior

citizen, did eye surgery and is in need of tested glasses. She is

asking neighbours for help, and also needs a second-hand door.

3. Elodia, St Andrew, a senior citizen with a heart condition, needs to do surgery. She is suffering and appealing to neighbours for financial assistance with the surgery cost.

4. Veronis, St Catherine, termites have destroyed bed. Asking neighbours for a replacement.

5. Gloria, St Andrew, is unable to work due to physical challenges. She is in need of a mattress, a stove, and a little TV, and is tired of begging food. She also needs clothing for church - size large.

5. Pauline, Clarendon, is asking

for a sewing machine to help make a living.

6. Jennifer is asking for extra-large diapers for seniors (pull-ups).

7. Esther, St Catherine, a senior citizen, is asking for a two-burner stove and a whatnot or a safe to store her little dishes.

8. Kadine, St James, is asking neighbours for a second-hand laptop to help her cope with schoolwork.