Our words can cut as deeply as any sword. Let us measure them twice and let them cut only once. There are occasions when cutting words are our only service. We should make certain that these times are motivated by need not ego. If you feel that you have chosen correctly and your words still have a sting, sit with them once more. Use your ears as if you were the one holding the swords hilt. Do they still ring true? Are they helpful? Is it worth the hurt? Apologies can be given, but words once said can never be unsaid. If we strive to live by our moral compass, how we are perceived can be as important as how we see ourselves. It is not enough to be righteous. We must also be humble. It is not always our place to teach our peers the things we have learned. If that is our intention, often our actions teach enough on their own.
As I have gotten older I have become less tolerant of people who play by different rules. I try to meter this with the desire to be a person that others want to keep around. I have come to realize the depth of good that taking ownership of the hurt you have done to others can reap. I have also learned when it is simply time to walk away.
Let us all live in balance.