We should all walk around wearing that sign, you know the sign – the one that says:
“Don’t push me ‘cos I’m close to the edge.”
Many of us are very close to the edge. Some are closer than others.
Is it just me or do we sometimes hear something and not quite fully understand the meaning, until later. And even when we think we understand the meaning, something else may happen even later, and the words become even more meaningful.
That’s the beauty of words – they can be multi-faceted.
And now when I think about those words – “Don’t push me, ‘cos I’m close to the edge,” I think about how we use our words to push people.
There are times when we use our words to cut people. We use our words as knives to attack and to belittle, not realizing how close to the edge we are pushing ourselves, when we try to push others to the edge.
Let us be mindful that even when we use innocent words, we can push people the wrong way – just because they were already close to the edge. And let us also be mindful that just because we’re so close to the edge, doesn’t mean that someone is actually pushing us – perhaps the whole time instead of making the statement to others, we really should have been speaking to ourselves.
How about you? What are your thoughts?