This was shared with us by our good friends Ken and Patricia DiPrima. A friend of theirs, Leonard Gillam who recently passed away, used to carry this poem in his wallet at all times. It was reproduced and shared with attendees at his funeral. The author is anonymous.
Words can charm and words can wound so choose your words with care.
Words can bring a blessing or hurt beyond repair.
Words can make us enemies and words can make us friends.
Words can make a quarrel and words can make amends.
Words of hate are stones flung out in anger or in spite.
Words of truth are stars flung out giving a sure and steadfast light.
Words of peace are isles of quietness in life's troubled sea.
Words of love are pearls strung out on the thread of memory.
So before you speak the things that spring into your mind,
Ask yourself this questions; Are these words true and kind?
Guard the gateways of your lips and guard them carefully.
Clothe your thoughts in words of beauty, peace, and charity.