Besides other things, we become who we are as a result of our interactions with each other. For the most part, these exchanges involve the use of words, be they written or spoken. In a way, we are visually like a blank canvas, with word-paint smothered upon us. The final outcome depends as much on the quality of the paint, as on the skill with which it is applied. It is not merely the words which have been used, but more the context, tone and body language which has been adopted.
“You can create the energy to turn your dreams into reality by knowing what to say when you talk to yourself.” Shad Helmstetter
Words are a channel with which we convey our feelings and experiences. However, contrary to what many believe, words affect the speaker, as much as the listener. They can be a gentle feather on one’s soul or a sharp knife in someone’s fragile ego. We are all responsible for whatever we do, and say.
Whereas the dictionary includes thousands of words, we tend to use a very limited number in our everyday vocabulary. We describe our emotions using words that in turn affect our own behaviour, and that of those closest to us. The words we choose say a lot about who we really are, as well as reflecting our innermost feelings. And the same message elicits different reactions from each person, based upon their own past experiences and associations.
With this in mind, we should all be a little more careful when selecting the words we use about ourselves, to ourselves and to others. The same concept can be verbalised in many different ways, and what a difference that could make! We would all be much more positive and at peace if we simply spent a little more time and effort to choose our words appropriately.
Irrespective of our culture, religious beliefs or language, let us use our word power to spread more love, peace and understanding among mankind.