I’m all about words. I love learning new words and yes, I do subscribe to the word of the day e-mails. The ability to put words together that become permanent on the page is what I love to do. The written word holds a tremendous amount of power. Think about it, have you ever received a letter or an e-mail that was life changing? Perhaps a written job offer or a letter from someone you love. Those words on the page are powerful.
As a writer, I know written words contain power, but what about the spoken word? Have you ever been having a really bad day and someone pays you a compliment and suddenly you feel better. Or, you get a phone call and the words spoken by the person on the other end completely changes your mood. The words we speak matter. You might think what you’re saying means nothing, but they could change the life of the person you are speaking to.
I’ve read where women talk three times more than men. Women speak roughly 20,000 words a day verses 7,000 for men. This is not surprising to me, I know I have to repeat myself throughout the day, especially if there is a football game on the television.
I’m sure you all have known people, male or female, who just talk to hear themselves talk. Their 30 minute opinion on a topic could have been said in 5 minutes or less. This can be referred to as, bloviating, which is a favorite word of mine.
I make a conscious effort to choose my words carefully, when I’m writing, but more importantly when I speak. I try to say something positive to at least five people each day. Whether it’s thanking someone for something they’ve done for me or telling a stranger, I like their outfit. I do this because I realize the importance of positive words. Those words are seeds and they can take root inside a person.