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The Power of Words

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It comes as no surprise, I’m sure, that I love words. Big ones, little ones, even foreign ones. As a child, I often curled up in a comfy chair with a thick dictionary on my lap. For hours, I’d browse, making note of especially intriguing words, such as ubiquitous and sanguine. I’d giggle over funny-sounding entries —  ballyhoo was a favorite — and I’d puzzle over tricky words like hirsute and sartorial.

Words were my toys, and I spent hours enjoying them. I still do.

Carl Jung said,

“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

Words can provide hours of pleasure. But words, I’ve come to see, have far more power than the simple knowledge they impart. Words have power enough to move people, to inspire action, to encourage — or to do exactly the opposite. Words can be used for good; they can also be misused.

An old childhood adage says “Sticks and stones may  break my bones, but words will never harm me.”  Physically, words don’t hurt, but emotionally they can wound others. Hateful words can cause severe pain.

Recently, a number of different “Word Games” have been circulating on Facebook and through other social media outlets. Here’s one version:

Words

I’m not sure how reliable this little word game is…I don’t, for example, think of myself as naive, peaceful, sweet, or elegant, but do we ever see ourselves as we truly are? Nah, I don’t put much stock in these little gizmos.

I do, however, recognize the importance of choosing the right words, not only in writing, but in every aspect of life.  Especially in dealing with others, we need to choose our words with care.

As we begin moving through this New Year, let’s choose words that uplift, words that empower others, words that help others achieve their dreams.

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Author: christinacoleromance

Christina Cole believes in the power of love. She writes romance novels with characters you'll care about and remember long after the end of the story.

6 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. You last line says it all! I love it! ♥

  2. Couldn’t agree more. The power of words is way too underrated in my opinion. Once uttered, a word can never be taken back, like an arrow shot. And it’s intriguing to think how one single word or the way words were arranged into a sentence could start a war, end a relationship, create new possibilities…
    And “amen” to your last sentence. Especially we as writers carry a huge responsibility and should take care how we handle words.

    • Especially when we’re speaking to children…so much good can be accomplished with the right words, yet so much harm can happen when we choose our words carelessly or thoughtlessly. Words are powerful, indeed.

      • Agreed.
        I don’t really want to drag religion into this now – but in Buddhism, it is considered as a bad ‘deed’ to even think a bad thought or say a bad word. And so it should be, in my opinion, because sometimes a word can hurt as much as a slap in the face or a bullet shot. Some physical injuries heal without leaving a scar whereas some words are remembered over and over and over again.

  3. I got patient, peaceful, reserved and sentimental. These are true most of the time, although there are things in my life that have disrupted peace in a major way. That’s in the past, though; I’m doing very well now.

    Devika, I’m a Christian and we have very similar teachings about that (thoughts/words), at least when it comes to other people. I beat myself up sometimes when I think a bad thought about someone. At least, I used to…some people I don’t care about thinking badly of, but it’s not something I’m proud of. I mentioned my faith because, in a lot of things, I think religions are more alike than they are different.

    You’re speaking the truth; just ask someone who’s been in an emotionally abusive relationship (I have)!

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