It’s Not Only Words
There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child.
Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments they are – to heal, to bring into being, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, to forgive. – Daphne Rose Kingma
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For me it is the words my mom had said a couple of years back, that stays with me forever. Surprisingly when I mention it to my mom, she hardly recollects it and wonders why it had such an impact on me. Words once uttered can seldom be taken back. Realise might as well ensure they are positive ones, that could leave behind a positive impact on the ears it falls upon.
For good and for evil, our words do have an impact. In fact, Scripture says we will give account for every idle word (Matthew 12:26), and for those of us who deal in words all the time, this is a sobering thought.
It makes me so happy that your aunt and uncle read your blog, even to the point of printing it out! (They’ll love THIS post!)
Sanch @ Sanch Writes
I think words can have an impact…just as the harsh and cruel words can be remembered, so too can the kind and inspiring ones.
Thank you for this post. I particularly like the story about the sage, but all of the details are very good.
What a great testimonial for your teaching to hear your positive impact on your former students. I like the Sage story.Yes I have had people come back to me thanking me mainly for a kind word, a small kindness. It feels like a million bucks!
What a beautiful post! Reading about your students, I think you must have been a fantastic teacher. The one kids love 🙂
That story is amazing. I agree that words can do wonders. I read a quote once and may be I’m mincing words here and there but it was about – ‘ when people talk to you leave, they feel better and positive about themselves.’ I read this and it stayed with me. Still does!
Words have such effect on people. I remember both the encouraging and discouraging words told to me by different people. But I don’t remember anything which I told anyone. I wonder how many words I might’ve uttered lifting and crushing others! Words are powerful and we need to use them carefully.
It must feel wonderful to know that your words have helped so many! Indeed words have more power than we know so we should choose them with care
One of my teachers at school wrote in my yearbook “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice” – I often think of those words and they help keep me humble.
What a wonderful story that is, Corinne! I hadn’t heard it before. And I agree with you – our words have the power to build/heal and break/destroy. This is a good reminder for us to be mindful of the things we say to people.
Esha M Dutta
Beautiful post to start my day with, Corinne! I totally agree with what you say about the power of words. It is THE one thing that has always led me to be very cautious with mine, both the written and the spoken ones, because, like you say, they make or break you! It’s a very satisfying feeling when people come back to tell you how they’ve learnt something from you or been inspired by what you wrote or said and you realise how unbeknownst to you, you’ve actually made someone happy or motivated! My son must read this post—I’ll share this with him when he’s back from school this evening.
That feels so warm knowing and realising that you said something that touched someone so much, that meant so much to them! I, too, believe that words have an immense power in them. One good word will make one’s day, nay, Life! And, one wrong one can completely break someone from within. I have had my share of good and not so good words from people. Earlier, I would feel really hurt; I do feel hurt now, too. But, now, I instantly remind myself to be good to people coz it feels terrible hearing hurtful words from them for no fault of yours!
Words do have great power. Once they are let out into the universe, they can never be removed. They have the power to break hearts or to heal hearts, to crush spirits or to set spirits soaring, to create bonds or to create divisions. I do try to choose the kinder path but fear that I am not always successful.
I always love it when you share anecdotes Corinne. With such tales, understanding the topic becomes easy. I can see your point as clear as crystal. All the experiences that you shared, hit the message hard, specially because they have roots in real world.
My Maths teacher had once told us that “Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan”. Looking back, I could see umpteen instances in life where these words turned out to be the only truth!
Loved that story about the healer. Words do have power – both negative ones and positive ones. Sometimes someone, mostly a friend, quotes a line from my blog and that’s such a thrill. The fact that my words touched someone deep enough for him or her to remember it makes writing worthwhile.
There have been many such instances when something that someone said has made an impact on me. Often even some genuine words of gratitude or encouragement have a lot of power. Also, there have been times when people have told me that reading a post or a poem of mine made them feel better. That feeling is the best one 🙂
Being recognized for playing a role in someone’s life can be the biggest gift and you sure have loads for instilling confidence in your student. Small words can motivate one to conquer fears and reach for the sky.