I have thought a lot lately about the value of words. I am a writer, that’s what I do, so words are kind of a big deal in my life. More importantly, though, is the impact words have on every person’s life. They have the power to console, the power to inflict great damage to a relationship, the power to heal. How we chose to wield that power is totally up to each of us. Most of us don’t even realize we have such incredible power.
I wonder if someone like Shakespeare knew how great of an impact his words would have, not just in his lifetime, but centuries later. A young girl named Malala has started a revolution with her simple commitment and lack of fear to use the words she feels she has a right to say and the need to say them for all the girls out there too afraid to speak.
How will your words be used? Do you choose your words wisely, to be nice, to zing someone, to get even, to love? It is a decision we all make hundreds of times every day, a decision of great impact to our own life and those lives around us. The spoken word does not have the advantage of editing and rewriting and exchanging it for a better word or clearer meaning later. Once said, good or bad, the spoken word is a done deal. What comes out of our mouth is ultimately what comes back to us. We will not be remembered for our intent unless our intent is what we live.
Choose good words.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.