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Have a profound effect on your community – speak positively

By Stephanie Watson 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Unfortunately, that old saying is only literally true. We all know that words can be very hurtful emotionally. Too often, we learn that one of our precious, but impressionable, children end up taking their own life after being verbally bullied. And you don’t have to tell the person at the wrong end of a firing squad what those three little words “ready, aim, fire” will result in. The definition of gossip is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” We all know how hurtful and damaging gossip can be.

The point is – words are very powerful, both in positive and negative ways. And we all have control and are responsible for the words that come out of our mouths. But we cannot control what the direct or indirect effect our words have on other people. A simple untrue rumor can have a profound effect on an entire community.

So I challenge all, including myself, to choose to always speak positively. Avoid making or participating in gossip. The way we speak says more about ourselves than what we say about other people. There’s another old wise saying that weighs in on this topic of words. If you don’t have anything good to say – don’t say any anything at all! And consider this: the Bible reports that Sampson killed ten thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Is there a subtle lesson and parody here about the power of speech? If not, it sure was an odd weapon of choice.

Please come join us this week at the Osage County Senior Center. All are welcome. We will provide activities and programs that will promote quality of life and encourage positive speech and attitudes! The center is at 604 Market St., Osage City. Call 785-528-4906 for more information.


  • Thursday, Jan. 14 – Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 15 – Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10-11:30 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.; play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m., cards begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Ceramics 9 a.m., Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 – Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 22 – Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10-11:30a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

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