There are profound moments in everyone’s life when they hear something that really ‘hits the nail on the head’ so to speak.
Maya Angelou gave me one of those moments several years ago. She put words to a feeling she called, “Being pecked to death by geese.”
She was explaining that she did not allow any person to speak unkindly to, or about, another in her home. Even tiny jabs, sarcasm towards, eye rolls, etc., aimed at another were not allowed.
At the first sight of such behavior she would look seriously at them and state, “Not in my house!”
Those small, almost invisible little bites at another take a little bit from a person’s value, one piece at the time; a peck here, a peck there.
Over time, those little things add up and eat at a person and destroy their feelings of self worth. Maya’s word for those little insidious jabs taken at others…..
“Being pecked to death by geese.”
It’s a message to all of us to check ourselves.
It bares repeating.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Do your words and actions lift others up or take them down?
We each have great power to change the world, one kind word at a time.