Words Matter

“But, if it’s the truth, how can it be hurtful?”

“I’m just stating the facts.”

Have you ever said one of those phrases in a conversation? I have. I tend to be a very analytical thinker and often use facts (or what I believe to be the facts) to support my points.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is not true. We all learn this early in life. Words taken apart are meaningless letters. Combine these letters together to form words, phrases or sentences, and you give these meaningless letters the power to build someone up or break someone down.

Words are powerful.

I was reminded of the power of words while reading a blog post earlier this week. I truly admire those who share their hearts and thoughts with the world through blog posts. Blogging makes the authors vulnerable. What will people think of their thoughts? Will they agree with them? Will they disagree? Blogging opens authors up to criticism – something that terrifies me.

The internet makes people feel they can get away with anything. Typically, readers don’t personally know the bloggers, so they feel no personal connection to them. A study from Pew Research Center shows that 73 percent of adults have seen at least one form of online harassment and 40 percent have been victims. Specifically, young women ages 18-24 are more likely to be harassed online.

But, wait, the written word doesn’t have the same effect as a verbal conversation, right?

Have you ever read a book before? (Yes.)

Written words escort you to another land, evoke emotion and leave room for interpretation. Words, whether verbal or nonverbal, have the power to uplift or to hurt. Either you are helping someone, or you are hurting someone. Really, there is no other option.

Matthew 7:12, also known as The Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” 

Think before pressing send.

If someone makes a post or comment that you don’t agree with, take a deep breath before responding. Even if your comment is filled with the facts, don’t press send immediately. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How would I feel if someone said this to me?
  • Are these words uplifting or hurting?
  • Will my comment be helping anything?
  • Would I use these words while having a face-to-face conversation?
  • How is my tone? Do I sound accusatory? If so, how can I rephrase my comment?

If the answers to your questions are positive, go ahead and press send. Make sure to check your comment to see if anyone responds to you, and be willing to engage in a conversation.

Let’s all uplift others and be the light in the world!

words hurt. choose carefully

Join the Conversation:

Have you ever been criticized on your blog or social media before? How did you handle it?

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After The Indy Mini, You Need Food!

Happy Friday!

I am really excited for this weekend’s events! Tomorrow, I am running in the Indy Mini – a flat and fast course complete with a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What more do you need!? There is no doubt why this race is one of the best.

This is the United State’s largest half marathon, so it just feels incredible to be a part of such a major event! This half marathon will mark my second time with the Indy Mini and my 11th half marathon overall. I did the Indy Mini two years ago with my mom, and I remember how amazing the energy levels were throughout the race. All of the spectators and support really made it one to remember.

 Typically when I finish a half marathon, the last thing on my mind is food. (Always force yourself to eat and drink at least a little something right after you finish!) But, about an hour later, I am ravenous. I am always craving breakfast food, so I thought I would round up some of my favorite places to grab breakfast or brunch around the city!

Want a sit-down classic meal?

Cafe Patachou

Seriously, every single thing is delicious here. Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch or both, you can’t go wrong. The coffee here is self-serve, so go grab yourself a cup while you’re waiting to be seated. Although, if you just ran the half marathon, that may or may not be the best idea… (If you know what I’m talking about, you know.)

I personally am a fan of the omelette with avocado, mushroom and bacon. Have you ever tried avocado in your omelette before? The creamy texture is perfect.

Craving something sweet? The croissant french toast will hit the spot! Better yet, convince your group to order different entrees and then give you a bite, so you can try the cinnamon toast, homemade granola and egg yolk sandwich.

Good Morning Mama’s

This Broad Ripple favorite is delicious. If you’re trying to get away from the Mini crowds, head here although you won’t get away from the brunching crowd.

Here, the mimosas come by the pitchers, and the French toast comes with coffee batter. Again, I recommend the omelette. I had the vegetarian omelette, and it hit the spot. I’m not a vegetarian, but this omelette was the perfect choice. Don’t be afraid of the pesto on top! Just go with it. The java French toast was good, but I would recommend you get a half order to share and an omelette or egg scramble.

Good Morning Mama's Vegetarian Omelette

Lincoln Square Pancake House

Another classic, everything here is incredible. They serve their coffee with a variety of individual cream options, if that’s important to you.

I’d go for the waffle platter. Two mini waffles, eggs, sausage and bacon is always a winner in my book. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this by now, but I like a little bit of everything! This restaurant has pancake in its name, so you know that pancakes are a delicious choice. Light, fluffy and huge!

Delicious Brunch at Lincoln Square

Just wanting something small?

Mo’Joe Coffeehouse

Grab a pastry, bagel or a light sandwich and relax in the comfy couch while reflecting on your 13.1 mile run. Mo’Joe Coffehouse has eclectic decor and delicious coffee concoctions. Sip on a cappuccino or one of those speciality drinks.

Square Donuts

Who doesn’t want something sweet shortly after running a half marathon?! (Okay, sometimes I don’t either. It’s okay.) These donuts are delicious! Grab a donut and a milk or cup of coffee, and you are well on your way to half marathon recovery!

Square Donuts

Are you looking for a culinary experience to give your friends another reason why they should join you in the Indy Mini in 2016?

Milktooth

Milktooth is you place. While the menu allows no substitutions, but don’t let that scare you away. The owners know their stuff. Also, the coffee is brewed to perfection. Try it out, and be amazed!

Join the Conversation!

Where is your favorite place to eat breakfast or brunch in Indianapolis?