Today is the End the Word Day.
I have talked on this before. It is the campaign to ask people not to use the word "retarded"...
I am going to make this really simple. I've changed my mind since last year. I don't want you to find another word. I don't want you to use a synonym. I want you to consider your heart.
I have a friend who posted on how "'Special' is the new 'Retard'". About how now, people are indeed getting away from the "R" word, and using a variant. She concluded with "Respect Everyone".
And that really struck me as key to what I have been mulling.
If you can't use the "R" word, why do you need another word to cut and hurt? Why do you need to find another disparaging word? Why can't you walk away? Why can't you use nice words with your friends? Why do you need to tear your own worth down because of a silly mistake?
Look for the good. Understand choices come from others' pasts. Understand that you are human, and move forward.
If you can't say something nice, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL