The Amazing Powers of Words

The title of this post contains the words “amazing power.” That’s what probably prompted you to open it because the word “amazing” alone denotes something astounding, wonderful, or miraculous. Those words have some special appeal, I believe.

That’s the power of words.

Some people speak and mountains move. Others talk from morning till night but people sleep off.

Some guys get paid a million dollar for an hour’s presentation while others virtually beg for a slot.

When some leaders speak, citizens spring into action.  When others talk; their people go on rampage.

Some words build while others destroy.

Some words soothe and others wound.

Some words empower; others render powerless.

Wars start with words and end with words.

Words harm; words heal.

Words breathe life; words cause deaths.

Those are the amazing powers of words.  They have many faces and various features.

Words play different roles in our lives. A man that wants to sell his products must know the right words to use. A leader that wants to be followed must use the appropriate words. A husband that wants to be loved must choose the right words. And a woman that needs good relationship must know the words befitting of a lady.

Words are words. It doesn’t matter whether they are uttered or written. The difference may come from the unwritten or unspoken words that could be sensed in oral words – the so called body languages. Even then, you can also read between the lines when words are written.

The amazing powers of words don’t depend on the length of what is said. A single sentence can make or mar, whereas a whole epistle may be meaningless.

We say things to achieve certain aims. Those aims could be positive or negative, but their ability to achieve the desired results will depend on:

  • what we  actually say; and
  • how we say them.

You may mean to say pleasant things but your choice of words could convey the opposite. Those are the kind of instances when people come back to claim that they were “quoted out of context.” There would be little or no ambiguities if you use the accurate words when you speak.

As for the way we say things, a popular Nigerian proverb states that “sorry has both male and female.” You can construct the word “sorry” in your statement to the extent that it portrays outright lack of remorse. That would be a “male sorry.” You say it, but you don’t mean what you say.

The “female sorry” expresses sincerity of purpose and this can only be detected from the way those words are uttered. This is the acceptable form of “sorry.”

One of the critical tools we all need in our personal development journey is how to use words to our advantage and for the good of all. Our words should energize and portray love; not the opposite.

Our words should move people in the positive direction and create atmosphere of friendliness.

In case you are yet to grasp the gist of this post, I encourage you to watch the short video below. It is an interesting story of a blind beggar whose situation changed positively just because his words changed.

Click the link below to enjoy this amazing video.

One of the beautiful things about humans is that we have the power to choose. You can choose your words.

So why don’t you resolve to use your words positively.   Your words have powers.  Use them properly.

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