Words have Power. Speak Life!

May 29, 2018

Do you speak life into others or do you use your words to do harm?

By Guest Blogger, Dr. Courtney S. Diehl

Barns are a perfect place for gathering, for enjoying our horses, the friendship of others and sharing the highs and lows of our day. I feel the most at home in a busy barn, the smells and sounds of the daily activities lift my spirits and it warms my heart to see people learning, working through challenges and bonding with their horses.

Unfortunately, barns can also be a perfect place for gossip to rear its ugly head. Everyone is in fairly close quarters and it’s too easy to watch others with a critical or a jealous eye, or witness a medical or shoeing situation with someone else’s horse and make careless remarks which may travel further than intended and cause harm.

We’ve probably all been that person who spoke carelessly with an incorrect opinion and later wished we could retract what we said after it was too late. We’ve probably all spontaneously said something unkind out of anger or hurt, never stopping to think about the consequences of our words.

Which end are you on?

Have you ever been on the receiving end of unkind gossip? Have you ever been the one to speak an unkind word about another or share your opinion about something, never stopping to consider that you might be wrong? Sometimes careless and hurtful words can have consequences far beyond what we realize and stopping to consider what we’re about to say can prevent a hurtful situation from developing.

Unkind gossip can cause direct damage to the reputation of another and cause hurt feelings and anger. Unleashed, it takes on a weight and life of its own, and if no one steps up to stop it, will carry on indefinitely, continuing to cause harm.

Words carry weight.

If your words are not helpful, inspiring, kind, true or necessary, don’t speak them. Gossip can’t survive if no one starts it, listens to it or passes it on.

Let’s treat each other with kindness and respect today and use our words to lift up and build up others, not tear them down.

Courtney S. Diehl, DVM
Mountain Equine
Mobile Veterinary Services

Dr. Diehl is a mobile equine veterinarian for the Steamboat Springs and Colorado Rockies area. Her services include comprehensive wellness, lameness, reproduction, diagnostics and dentistry. More information can be found at or