One thing that writers know much more than the rest of the world, is that words have power. Words allow us to communicate, and to create. Everything that is and will be, is at some point spoken, thought of, or written. Because of this, it is important that we use and choose the right words. The good words.
Because I volunteer with young children, I have witnessed them being taught the power of words, and the differences words can make when spoken to others as well as themselves. For example, there are good words, and bad words. Good words, are words of encouragement, of life, of love and of friendship: words that make people smile, or give them that warm-fuzzy feeling when they are read or spoken. However bad words, are words of hatred, destruction, and of pain: words that are meant to hurt others, to break them, and occasionally make them feel that awful numbness within that sometimes doesn’t fully go away. Now my question is, why is it that we are taught the differences between good and bad words, but yet as we grow we decide to use them without any thought? Why is it that when two people get into an argument, they use words that purposely meant to hurt? We know better, and yet many of us do this. We even use bad words on ourselves, telling ourselves things like we “aren’t good enough,” or “aren’t cool,” and after a while of saying these things, these words we spoke, or thought, or wrote about ourselves feel so real, that they take on a life of their own and become a part of our reality. That is why we need to reteach ourselves to think before we speak. That is why we need to start building ourselves up with good words. A quote that I really like from the movie Tintin, said by Capitan Haddock is, “There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don’t you ever say it of yourself.” This is something that I tell people all the time. Capitan Haddock is right, there are tons of people who will say bad things about you, but you should never say it about yourself, because once you do, you’re agreeing with them. Agreeing with them is considered admitting to defeat in the eyes of the Capitan. Capitan Haddock wants us to know that we should never give up without a fight. That is why I decided that I would start up a little challenge for myself, and for everyone reading this blog.
Here’s how it is going to work: make a list of good words that you can put towards yourself. For example, you could write down the word creative. The list should have at least ten to twenty things on it. Once you have made your list write the words I AM big and bold on the top, and post your list up somewhere where you can see it often. Every time you walk by the list, read it. Look at all the good words, the words that are true to you. If you want, make lists of good words for your friends, family, pets, co-workers, etc.
If you want an example of words that you can use, here are a few:
Till next time,