“Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you."
To begin with, I somehow realized that words can’t truly change our reality but words can defiantly change how people view or perceive their own reality. Life somehow taught me that words create some type of programmed images or filters that determine how people view the world around them.
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
A lot of people state or give opinions about a passing thought or an impression that they had. They randomly just state what they thought of without truly measuring the impact of the words that they chose.
When we speak, we should speak with full awareness and mindfulness, so that the others could see the peace and the compassion in our own characters. A while ago I watched a video on YouTube and it was about the Power of Words and it was presented by the Toast Masters Public Speaking Champion Mr. Mohammed Nasser Al-Qahtani.
He stated that “Words, when said and articulated in the right way, can change someone’s mind. They can alter someone’s belief. You have the power to bring someone from the slums of life and make a successful person out of them, or destroy someone’s happiness using only your words.”
I truly believe that this is somehow true because words have the magic to make you or break you. Most importantly, after listening to this I truly realized the importance of the words that I choose when it comes to my own beliefs and achievements. If I used the right empowering words in a difficult situation I will somehow recover or get over it. However, if I use statements like I can’t, I won’t, and I’m not strong enough I’ll somehow believe it even if it’s not true.
Mr. Al-Qahtani also stated that “A simple choice of ‘word’ can make a difference between someone accepting or denying your message. You can have a very beautiful thing to say, but say it in the wrong words and it’s gone.”
He then shared a meaningful, heartbreaking story that truly emphasizes the Power of Words. Mr. Al-Qahtani stated that he once had a friend that idolized his father but his father was the type of person that rarely got impressed. When his friend finally went to college, he got straight A’s and he thought to himself that this is what will finally make his dad proud.
He picked up the phone, he called his dad, “Dad, I got straight A’s. Are you proud? Please tell me you are proud father.”
“Yeah, listen son, I’ll have to call you back, I’m busy.”
This truly broke his friend’s heart, he felt unworthy and not good enough no matter how hard he tried this was the point that broke him. His friend started drinking, doing drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowd.
At one point Mr. Al-Qahtani asked him why is he doing this why is he throwing all of his life away?
His friend response was If the one person in the world that I care about the most doesn’t care then, why should I. One evening Mr. Al-Qahtani got a phone call, his friend was in the emergency room, because of a drug overdose.
He rushed to the hospital and the doctors tried their best unfortunately they couldn’t save his friend. A single word of encouragement from his father could have saved his friend’s life.
“Words have power, words are power, words could be your power. You can change a life, inspire your nation and make up this world a beautiful place. Your mouth can spit venom or it can mend a broken soul.”
“Let that be our goal.”
I want to share with you a couple of quotes because I truly believe in The Power of Words.
"Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don't mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime."
"Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten."
"But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief."
"One kind word can change someone's entire day."
"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs."
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
"The tongue has no bones, but it's strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words."
"Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there."
"Don't mix bad words with your bad mood. You'll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you'll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke."
"Don't ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs."