Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Importance of Words

Words are important whether they are words we think, say, or hear.  Words express ideas, hopes, dreams, and our state of mind.  They have a power few of us realize, because they affect everything and everyone around us.

When you understand the power of words you come to understand the importance of what you say and how those very words create your world.  Words said in love bring love.  Words said in hate bring hate.  They communicate who you are and effect how other people respond to you.

Who do you want to be?  What kind of world do you want to live in?  How do you want to be treated?  The quality and nature of your character is shown by what you say and do.  Thoughts are expressed in words, and actions are responses to those words.  Your words are interpreted by those who hear them and they respond as well.

The human gift of words is what makes us unique co-creators in what happens in our world.  Take this simple conversation:

“Good morning!” you say.

“If you say so,” says another.

Your intention was to extend something good.  The other person who responded thinks otherwise.  Their words convey something less positive.  You invariably walk away feeling less positive.  The person may have been trying to be “cute”, but in reality it is a reflection of how they view the world, because there is truth in every lie - even in jest.

In the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths it is believed that in the beginning God said, “Let there be light”.  Light is very powerful.  It gives sight.  Because of light we see all the things that are in this world.  Everyone has experienced waking up in the middle of the night with something pressing on their mind.  When it is dark the world can indeed seem quite small.

When God said those words LIGHT HAPPENED.  Individuals have the same ability to bring light or darkness by the words they say.  We can heal or we can kill with our words.  They are that powerful.  They affect our thoughts and actions.  The challenge then is to walk in that awareness.  It is a choice we make.  And make no mistake – it is a conscious choice.

If the words just aren’t in us then we need to change, but that change isn’t easy.  It requires a fundamental rethinking of who we are, what we care about, and what we believe.

In the meantime it’s important to speak and act in a positive life affirming way, because our words have the ability to create the life we live.  Over time those words will turn into actions and we will become the people we are and hope to be.

This simple act will change the world!

© 2010


  1. Kris,
    I've found that when other people are not friendly, up-beat, or positive, I need to be more sensitive to what may be going on in their lives. Perhaps they've had a tragedy affect them. Perhaps they are struggling with something that is getting them "down." Perhaps they've just had a bad experience with a jerk like me! Many people can't be joyful and happy with the hand that life has dealt them. My opinion...Paul

  2. Paul -

    I couldn't agree with you more.