A powerful reminder from Ali regarding the power of words, and the importance of choosing them wisely…
‘…if you are exactly, and do exactly, and say exactly, what I want…’
‘You MUSTN’T do this…’
‘You SHOULDN’T let that happen…’
‘You OUGHT to follow MY advice…’
This is not about those kindly and loving souls who give us advice to help us; it is about those who condemn us, and bully us, if we do not shape up the way they want!
Anyone out there ever felt this kind of pressure being bought to bear upon them? I have. Countless times. I still do. I am very easy to bully, to persuade, to frighten, to render wobbly and uncertain. You may have noticed. Noticed, for example, how rarely I give vicious ‘tongue’ to vicious, uncalled-for or sanctimonious comments on here. Believe me when I say that I am equally, if not more so, reticent – afraid – when it comes to sticking up for myself through the medium…
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