Have you ever wished you could recall your words immediately after you spoke them? Or regretted that you let an opportunity pass in silence when you should’ve said something? I’m guessing the answer is yes to both questions. I call it word power.
Words are powerful. They shape personalities and affect destinies. They can bring comfort, hope and great joy. They can move us to tears. They can cause us to take action. They also help affirm love.
These days, the range of possibilities is endless when it comes to written words. They show up as tweets, blogs and FB post. For those of us who really enjoy words and writing them down, they can grow into a work of literary art, a powerful dissertation or an intriguing novel with the ability to take us to a time or place not otherwise possible.
Unfortunately our words can also destroy. It seems a few harsh or ill advised words can level what took years to build. It’s amazing how quickly they can hurt a healthy situation, but somehow lose their ability to swing back to something positive in the same amount of time. We weaken our effectiveness to speak into people’s lives if our words are spoken carelessly and without integrity.
I want to focus for a minute on the power of written words. With so many sources available and places to share your thoughts, let me ask you something. Do you think before you tweet? Do you ponder the weight or importance of your words when making a post to your favorite social media site?
People often form their opinion of us by our actions and the integrity of our words. With modern technology, our written words also play a large role in the impact we have on others. So, do our words represent us well? Even more importantly, do they convey a positive message about what we support or believe? And are we consistent with our words.
Consistent? It seems one minute we’re optimistic and promoting that which is good. The next we’re whining and complaining about all kinds of things. My point? Words have power and we should use them constructively. People are busy, so they don’t want to read an endless recital of negative things that have happened, unless we can turn our struggles into a message of hope.
Think before you speak or tweet or blog. Put some effort into what you say so people who take the time to read what you write will be better for it when they finish.
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