I don’t know about you, but I have been thinking lately of the power of words.
Words have such power and deadliness to them if not used in the proper context, especially on the screen. Why is it that words on a computer screen sound harsher than words on paper? I learned this lesson more fully a few weeks ago when I left a sarcastic comment on a friend’s post, but it didn’t quite come off the funny way I intended. Needless to say I had to go and apologize for the way it sounded, even though it wasn’t intentional.
Words can come across with such fury and hurt so deeply. What is it about words that can cut to the quick.? Drive us back and hurt our feelings? I often wonder when I write something, how is this going to sound? I would rather come across as meek and quiet on an email that brash and loudmouth. And I think too often I come across as the latter.
Hanging in my dad’s office is a sign: keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
It stings to go back and have to say “I’m sorry”, especially when it didn’t come across the way it was intended. But I have learned that words, just letters on a page can be misconstrued and harmful. I don’t understand it, but it is there.
I am very much a person that second guesses herself, what I just said, what I just wrote, how I just acted. I mull it all over and wish I could go back and fix it. If only there was an eraser for life.
Words have such power, so much potential. You can bring a sinner to his knees by a well written passage in a book, weave a story that drives deep into a reader’s heart and remains there for ages to come. But it seems to be the impromptu, the little messages winging about space and the comments dispersed at the drop of a hat that can lead to such turmoil.
I don’t think I will ever understand the power of words, but at least, I hope to learn to respect them
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