Words have staying power. They can be uplifting, encouraging and healing. Words explain or help us make sense of the world around us. Words are knowledge; they introduce new ideas that we are able to share with each other. Words inform; they relate current events and our history from one generation to the next in the hope that we do not repeat past errors. Words justify by validating our personal and human rights, upholding truths and pardoning the innocent. Words also condemn. They are telling, giving us warning or cause to pause. Words entertain, making us laugh until we cry. Words are painful, causing us shame and embarrassment. Words hurt. Words redeem. Words reform. Words rebuke. Words save. Words speak. Words silence. If you’re not careful, they can explode. Words define – us. Words change our world – for better or for worse.
Use them wisely.