"A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath." HCSB
Take 10 seconds and imagine this one playing in your life. Imagine a situation where you could defuse or escalate a conflict with your words.
I wonder what kind of scenario you thought of? Maybe it was an interaction with your spouse, or your children. Maybe it was a sibling rivalry situation, or a conflict at work. Perhaps it was a leadership context, or you were mediating between two other parties. I would guess you imagined this playing out in a context that is plausible for your life.
This simple insight is a reminder that our words are potent. They influence others and produce outcomes. Next time you are in a conflict scenario, consider the outcome you desire. Will you turn away anger, or stir up wrath?
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