Words are way more than a means of communication, they shape your beliefs, behaviors, feelings and ultimately your actions.
Written or spoken, words continuously propel you through life. They make you or break you. They lift you up, drag you down, wound you, heal you. Words paint the landscape of your world.
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was made flesh.” Yeah, you've got that kind of power. The words you speak have a profound effect on the people they touch.
Remember a time when you used words in a way that discouraged someone. What happened when your words encouraged someone? Words create a ripple effect that can reverberate through someone's life and change them. What ripple will you create with your words?
Take a moment to reflect on your words again, but this time notice how your words change in delivery and in effect with your inflection, tone, rhythm and emotion. What you feel is conveyed in your words as much, or even more, than the words themselves.
“80 percent of our life is emotion, and only 20 percent is intellect,” says Dr. Frank Luntz in a PBS interview. “I am much more interested in how you feel than how you think. I can change how you think, but how you feel is something deeper and stronger, and it's something that's inside you. ”
Words have tremendous power, both to describe but also, to prescribe. I invite you to explore the energy of the 10 words below, as they capture the essence of Gratitude. Linger over each word, as if you were an archaeologist dusting off an ancient relic, newly unearthed. Experience each word with curiosity and wonder.
Notice any memories, or thoughts, that come to mind. Say the word out loud and play with your tone, volume and inflection. Experiment with the words as if they were ingredients in a soup. Play with the words, combining them, creating context and meaning.
Imagine each word as if you were encountering it for the first time. Allow the discovery of its essence to enthrall, capture and fascinate you. Notice what's new. Allow yourself to experience and engage the pure energy, captured in letters to create meaning…
Words are powerful containers for energy and possibility. Your choice of words not only shape your reality. Words create your reality and bring it into being.
Choose words that create an empowering reality. You are a weaver of words, and in your weaving, create not only your own reality but contribute to the reality we all live into.