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Your Life: Choose your words wisely

Charlotte Lankard: The words we use can have more effect than we realize. Choose yours wisely.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: October 22, 2012

Just a few words carefully and intentionally chosen by her parents and now poetry is Sarah Kay's life work as she writes and teaches.

Then there were the words of a doctor speaking on palliative care who said when we are facing our dying time there are only 11 words that matter: “Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you.”

Then there was the luscious bouquet of fresh flowers with a card that only had two words on it.

“Just Because.”

We underestimate the impact our words have on others.

Perhaps you would like to join me in giving more thought to how I listen and the words I choose when I speak. They matter.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at


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