As a writer, I suppose I think more about words than other people. I have the think which one suits a situation best, whether to write informally or formally, whether what I am putting down on paper conveys the message I want to put out there in the best way.
As a person, I think about words a lot, too.
I still remember the unkind words said to me about my birthmark throughout my life. I still remember Jack telling me he loved me for the first time. I still remember being told one of my closest friends had died of cancer. I still remember being told that my writing was good and that it had helped someone.
Words have SO much power, far more power than we give them credit for. They unite and divide us like nothing else. Think back to any pivotal moment in your life and I can almost guarantee words were a part of it, maybe something that was said to you or something that you thought in that moment.
With the invention of the internet and the way we use it, it sometimes seems like we are more careless with our words than ever before. We don’t think twice about tweeting our hatred for a stranger. We will happily dissect someone’s appearance and scoff at each component piece to make ourselves feel better.
Personally, I think that we don’t think about the power our words have because we have a screen to hide behind when we say them.
For 2021, I think it would be wonderful if we all imagined that screen wasn’t there. It’s vanished into thin air, and the person you are talking about is there on the other side, looking at you and hearing what you have to say.
Would you still call them that name?
Would you still say you don’t like them?
Our words are our greatest power, and our greatest weapon. So often we use them as such, hurting and maiming and destroying without even thinking. For 2021, let’s change that. Let’s treat words, and each other, with the respect they deserve.
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