Words hold incredible power, don’t they?
As someone who has tinkered around with the written word for most of my life, I learned this fact early on. I remember carefully crafting a handwritten letter to my mom in high school, when we didn’t quite see eye to eye (wink)– I felt I could best express myself in writing. In college, I surprised myself in creative writing classes with a knack for story-telling and perspective; today, my most successful pieces are those fueled by personal experiences. Even as a child, I felt the exhilaration the right words can bring when I scrawled a simple question to a boy I liked: “Do you like me?” He’d responded by checking the “Yes” box… and written in a comment: “A lot!”
And no one forgets the first time a close friend’s words break your heart.
Harsh words leave scars on our souls, and can change who we are without our permission. It’s taken me 39 years to sort of realize that when people hide behind hurtful language, it’s their issue- not mine. Insecure people can attempt to use words to damage others, to make someone feel bad or doubt their path. With the right perspective, the opposite can occur. Those words can empower you- renew your confidence in your choices. And when that happens, you can respond intelligently- possibly even using some of the most powerful words I know: thank you.
I wrote a piece about the power of words for Elephant Journal. Take a peek at the article here!
Tell me about your experiences with the power of language! Have words changed the course of your life?
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