Thursday, June 16, 2005

Written words cut deep

The best writing is rewriting.
- E.B. White, writer (1899-1985)

While this quote was intended as advice for writers, I would like to take it in a different direction.

The written word, especially written words penned for our loved ones or friends, has power far beyond anything spoken. When we write anything that might be taken as criticism by the reader, whether criticism is intended to not, we would do well to review, rethink and maybe rewrite our message before passing it to its intended recipient.

Spoken words may be forgotten and forgiven. Written words cut deeper and take much longer to heal.

Bad news of any kind might be delivered more gently by voice rather than by written word.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's epidemic Social Problems'

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