Like the steady cadence of a row master’s drum would push ancient Phoenician rowers to power their trireme through the waters of the ancient Mediterranean sea, our words will power and push us throughout are lives.
They are a very powerful tool. Words spoken, written, or thought can shape the very core of who we are, what we stand for and how we stand for it.
Without them we would be silent to the world.
Without them we wouldn’t be able to think our thoughts
Without them all expression would dissipate from this world like fog on a mirror.
There is no doubt in my mind that words are one of the most important parts of human existence. They shape everything yet quite frequently we don’t use them properly.
We may so too much, say too little, say what we don’t mean, say what we do mean at the wrong time or in those really grand moments say the perfect thing at the perfect time to the perfect person. But that is just what is said out loud. The spoken word in and of itself can end friendships, spark relationships, incite countries to war or begin a civil rights movement.
Whew… that is a lot of power!!!
For just some itty bitty words?
If words can transform the world in that way, if they can alter the entire landscape of a country, a relationship… what can they do to you? On the inside?
Because for every word we speak… there are hundreds or thousands of words thought. Our minds are constantly running verbalizing things that only we can hear. The words we think force us into action or inaction. Those words can bring us up or tear us down.
Unlike the spoken word, which can be stopped mid-sentence, or deleted from the internet, or pulled down from YouTube, the words in our heads don’t stop. In fact they typically repeat!
We form mantras and beliefs that will run over and over again whenever we encounter certain situations. Those mantras control our feelings and our emotions. They make us happy or sad, positive or negative, angry or blissful.
Words… mere words…
So what are we to do? We can’t stop thinking, we can’t stop speaking. That would mean we are dead!!!
What we can do is be mindful of them. Correct our inner monologue. Cut out the words that hurt us, the mantras the hold us back and replace them with the opposite.
The wars that a spoken word can cause pale in comparison to the wars that rage within our own bodies. There isn’t a person here who hasn’t felt the vitriol of their own negative self-talk.
It can be crushing but it can be fixed. I was the victim of it, for years. It got to the point where I was so depressed I thought my life was completely valueless. All because of the words I was speaking to myself and the words I was speaking to others.
It had to stop. I had to stop. So I decided to change. I reached a point in my life where I knew I could either go on “living” the way I had (which wasn’t living at all) or I could say “ENOUGH! NO MORE!” and become someone else.
So that’s what I did. One morning at a time and one Tweet at a time. That’s how I changed my words. Everyday for one year I would wake up, clap my hands and proclaim “TODAY IS A GREAT DAY” and then I would tweet a positive message out into the world.
That’s it that is all I did for one year but it built something with in me. It built a foundation of positivity to create a new life upon. With those two small actions every morning I became a positive person. I quieted the negative self-talk and BELIEVED the positive self-talk.
It was as if I was an 8 year old kid and had woken up in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory… the world around me was now delicious and bright. It was a magical place full of wonder.
Words are powerful… they can start wars, they can end wars.
For me… 5 spoken words and 140 written characters every morning saved my life.