Words have more of an impact than people realize.
I love words. I have a dictionary app on my phone. I write. Sometimes I find myself spending an hour or more on the Merriam-Webster website looking up synonyms and Antonyms of words.
People take their words for granted. How they say them, how they place them... how they butcher them into non-recognition. Words shape countries, destroy homes and build up a small child when they are feeling down. Words fly through the air, invisible to the naked eye and silent to deaf ears. The spoken word, no matter what language, carries much more weight than anyone realizes.
Watch what you say to people and how you say them. Words aren't meant to be taken lightly but they are. Have you ever said something to someone that you didn't mean but knew it'd upset them? That is a prime example of taking your words lightly. Your words only mean less when you make them as such. Don't cheapen your most powerful weapon.
In these last few weeks I've thought much about my word usage. I have found myself arguing with my new boss quite frequently and his words are used as a manipulative tool to get what he wants out of his employees. While my words, are argumentative to his obvious lack of respect for his employees. (I will probably be fired.... I can feel it) My words get me fired more than not. You'd think I'd learn by now...
I've gotten into an argument with an acquaintance, "No hard feelings" she said while her eyes rolled. That, my friends, is cheapening your words. By lying you are cheapening the value of your words. By manipulating the true meaning of your words you are making the other person value your words less. It is easy to want to do this, to manipulate another by your words-- some even get away with it. You are using your words as a tool, as a muscle, as a power. Don't ever doubt the power of a word.
Doubting the power of words is like forgetting the air brings you oxygen. It's a given, it's something that happens mindlessly. You breathe, your lungs take in the oxygen and dispel the carbon dioxide with each exhale. What happens when the Air decides it'd rather give you carbon instead of oxygen? You choke, you pant, you struggle for oxygen. It's the same concept when you deny others the truth in your statement and skew your words with manipulations. You are taking their oxygen and replacing it with carbon. It's only in due time when they choke out and notice the manipulation-- for their salvation they will discontinue the exchange of words with you.... in search of oxygen.
Without words communication would become obsolete. Without word compilation there is no communication. Without a form of communication...
what are we?