Wednesday, January 2, 2013


I have had five days to ponder about this post. I have, in those five days, spent enough time around family to know who is telling the truth and who is not. I have also had the privilege of reading two amazing books: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak .
In that time I have thought of all the times I have been haunted by words- not because I misspell some of them, or forget how to grammatically project them-but because I keep them to myself. So, I have thought long and hard- and come back to the beginning: words are powerful. They declare what is. They bring to life and bury what is. I have often been told that when someone says mean things about you- "ignore them."
I have learned that you can do that if (a) they are drunk (b) they are strangers (c)if they are both a and b. But, still there's such impact on a stranger's words as opposed to someone we know.
I have been writing or simply penning down my thoughts since I was twelve-and I know how much words can bury someone or something. I have read many books and simply set them aside, to forget the characters and move on to other books. But, the 21st century has brought a streak of meanness with it. If you are mean, or use a lot of swear words/ or curse words as you talk, then you are cool.
But if you have ever gone back to faith- and looked through the Christian Bible- it will dawn on you how powerful words are. God said "let there be...." and there was. He said it and it came forth. It's a wonderful year full  of lessons and encounters-but that means you can choose to bless and inspire with them and not curse, simply bring forth the good in people.

How can one change the world if one identifies oneself with everybody?