The call to write has been tugging at me. And if you know me, you know I have lots to say–about everything! So I am challenging myself to write my thoughts in 500 words or less. I’m guessing you may come back just to see if I really can say anything in so few words.
I’ve noodled over a common theme for my writing. And today it finally hit me–words! The power of words has always been intriguing to me: the way words make us feel, how words allow the communication of ideas and concepts, the power of words to uplift or destroy.
The word word is defined as a unit of language consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. And isn’t that so true? Words ARE conveyors of intentions. Hawk Nelson sings, “Words can build you up, words can break you down, start a fire in your heart or put it out.”
Words are impactful.
Words can begin or end things – think “Gentlemen, start your engines!” or “Amen.”
Words can unite or divide, as in a company or family mission statement.
Words can inspire or defeat – “I have a dream.” “You’re fired.”
Words play over and over in your mind, like the words to a song you can’t get out of your head. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes it’s not. It depends on what’s playing on the soundtrack of your mind. Whether the messages are positive or negative, you eventually start believing them and seeing the world through that lens. Then that lens starts affecting your actions and, eventually, your destiny. One of my favorite sayings is:
Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits,
Be careful of your habits for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.
~ Author unknown
Our thoughts and words impact ourselves and those around us. If we think negative thoughts, our words will be negative. But if we think positive thoughts, we’ll talk positively.
Rewiring our thoughts can be difficult, but filling our minds with positive words can make a difference. Take a few moments to change your mind’s inputs to more positive sources: re-set your iPod to positive songs with uplifting lyrics, read books, Scripture and blogs that inspire you to be the best you can be and surround yourself with family and friends who encourage you.
These simple changes can make a world of difference – in your life and in the lives of others. What will you do today to weave in more positive words?