No doubt her hands were shaking when she wrote her suicide note. Her heart was in a million pieces, pieces that apparently no one noticed, or maybe, cared to notice.
She tried to write her last words, words that would explain, words that will tell all and clarify her actions. She wanted to describe her feelings, and try to explain why she did what she was about to do.
Her heart spilled out of the pen onto the paper as she wrote her last words. She tied a rope to a ceiling beam in her apartment, stood in a chair, tied the other end around her neck and kicked the chair aside.
The police found her several days later when a neighbor became concerned. Her suicide note explained nothing, yet said it all. Her note contained two words…….“They said”.
Tragically, this true story happened in California and no one ever discovered who, how or what they said. One thing, however, was certain, they said it.
The tongue, and the pen, can wield amazing power to make people laugh or be encouraged. Words can cause one to believe and hope, yet words can bring devastation, heartache and despair.
Words can be of instruction, construction or destruction.
There’s the power of life and death in words. They can heal, or they can kill.
Look for opportunities to shut up. Converse wisely. Talk gently. Speak life.
Too bad that’s not what “they said”.