Thursday, March 22, 2012
For the Love of All Things Wordy
Major topic of discussion lately: Words.
Truth is...I love it. I love words. I'm a talker. Words are so amazingly wonderful, and yet people don't seem to realize it. As a writer, words are essential to my job, my passion. The way I word things is the difference from bad writing to amazing writing all from the placement of one little word.
Words can do miraculous and fascinating things. Biblically, words were used when the sick were healed and the dead were raised. Historically, words have been used to stir revolutions and governmental changes (Martin Luther King Jr. Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln).
They can do terrible and evil things. Again, in the Bible it's through words that Satan causes the downfall of many. And in reference to History, we need only to look at Adolf Hitler to know how words could change the world. One man, speaking eloquently to stir a crowd, ushered the genocide of 6 million Jewish individuals.
Even in our every day lives, words can murder, mend, or mature a relationship.
A harshly spoken word can end a friendship, a marriage, a family. Well placed, wicked, word can be the spark that starts a fire of pain and destruction.
A compassionate, kind, or loving word can mend a hurting relationship, or nurture a relationship that is already blossoming. When someone acknowledges your hard work, or compliments you--that is beneficial. A good conversation can brighten my day.
The words "I love you" when spoken to that one and only person you will love romantically--I can only imagine what that must feel like.
Words are so SO important, and yet we hardly notice. We jabber on and flippantly cast out remarks we don't realize can offend or harm another.
Honestly, the more we talk about words, the more I want to see what it would be like without them. Like Eddie Murphy's new movie (haven't seen it, is it even out?) Treat every word like it's important.
If my day job won't have a cow about it, I will ask if I can take a day to "Fast" from words. I want to spend a full 24 hours without speaking and see just how much it changes my perspective.
I'd best choose carefully ;).