Power of words - the power to choose

Power of words - the power to choose

Our words go before us to announce the person that we are, the words we speak are enough to paint a picture of us. This is the power of words, but we have the power to choose them. We really need to take note of what we say. When we open our mouth and say something, it is released to work its way through all eternity. You can never take it back; maybe, the best you can do is just apologize for what you said.

The power of words to convey your wishes, your thoughts, your desires, your aspirations and all that you are made up of is irrefutable. Your words communicate the person that you are. Your words are powerful; they have the power to create or destroy. Your words whether you realize it or not, have an impact on people, their emotions, their aspirations and their growth. Your words have power.

Your words can achieve what you want : Have you noticed that you can be in one place, lift your phone and accomplish something in another corner of the world? So remember that every time you open your mouth and say something, you release the power of words. You have the power to choose the right words today. You can exercise the right to choose - to build people, or break people. Life is all about the choices we make. Every moment we make choices, what kind of choices do you make?

Do you exercise the power to choose, the power of words?

Consider this quote, Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Josh Billings

Have you ever considered what your words do? Most of the time, we speak without giving our words much thought. Our words do much more than we are ever willing to give them credit for. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. - Winston Churchill.

The power of the unspoken words

I admire two people - my husband and a friend of mine - for their measured speech. They never open their mouth until they have heard out fully what the other person has to say. Their response to a full two-minute speech would probably be, “Oh, I see your point”, which would hardly give away what they think. I have noticed that they ruminate over the words in their mind, turn it upside down, sideways, vertical, lateral, until they arrive at something, and this something is usually a profound something.

I have always admired this quality, for I am used to blurting out words; and when it is done, I think about what I've said, and may have had to apologize a few times in the past. But don’t judge me yet. I’m getting there. I’d like to say this, what you admire, you aspire to be, what you aspire to be, you become. Your aspiration makes you so passionate and your passion takes you well beyond the halfway mark. I believe that I am learning to exercise the power to choose rightly.

Kindness in words creates confidence.   Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love - Lao Tzu
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love - Lao Tzu

Words have power, words are powerful tools

Words are powerful tools. They are like a sharp knife, which you can use to cut, design and create a work of art; but if you use it carelessly, you could end up cutting the very hand with which you work. It would be worthwhile to learn how to use words, especially if you are in a profession of using words for a livelihood. Remember that your words influence and touch people and their lives.

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind - Kahlil Gibran

Words are the voice of your heart - the power of words over emotions

I always try to put this piece of advice into practice - “Respond, don’t react”. The other day, I was challenged by a question - “Are you a writer?” My earlier reaction would have been a cutting reply to the remark. But I have learned to respond. I gave the question some consideration, I decided quietly to myself that I am a writer, a writer with a heart. Even though I think with my head, I am passionate about what I have to share. I know the power of words, and am careful to use them with a lot of gentleness and thought.

Words are the voice of the heart. – Confucius. Your words should reflect who you are. If I profess to being a person of high moral standards and integrity, I need to come across as that in both words and deeds. My words do not stand apart from me.

The power of positive words

Let your words always be positive. Now, to make sure that your words are always positive, you need to meditate upon and think positive thoughts. What is inside of you is what will come out. Make it a point to say words that are positive about yourself. Positive affirmation or power affirmation helps you feel good about yourself, and you will be able to extend the same warmth and goodwill to others.

Warmth and goodwill extended to one person not only makes that person happy, but spreads the joy to others around and the chain goes on. I would like to add one more aspect to this - with a good word, add a bright smile. Your smile can light up many a gloomy heart like your words can.

The power of words to build people

Think about what you say before you blurt it out. Measure your words and weigh them out before you spill them. The Bible says that even a fool may be considered to be wise if he uses his words sparingly.

Let your words build. There are enough people already in this world who are critical and judgmental. You don’t need to add to their numbers. You can use your words to appreciate, praise, nurture, bring out the best in people, reinforce good behavior, draw them out of their shells and nudge and prod them to be their best self.

This is the power that is vested in your words. This is aprivilege that you need to exercise with caution. You have the power to create not just literature but at times successful human beings.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love - Lao Tzu

Let your words show compassion and concern for others. Words of love or compassion create an atmosphere that is conducive to make people bloom surer than criticism ever can. I have seen many a young person who has come to me with a problem bloom into a confident, happy individual because I chose to invest my time, concern and compassion in them.

The power of negative words

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace - Buddha

Berating people and making them appear small says a lot about you and your attitude. Never indulge in that, for you will extend the same favor to yourself, and will soon will be on a downward spiral.

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.- Napoleon Hill

You can kill enthusiasm or talent with a few words of criticism or negativity. You could spoil what would have been the greatest relationship or the opportunity of your lifetime by being inconsiderate. There is a lot to lose and very little to be gained from being negative and using words harshly.

The words that come out of an idle mind or in a rush of anger can cause more harm than others. When in anger, you have gone beneath the surface of the conscious mind to bring out past negative associations, and hence react to the present situation in a disproportionate manner. Anger begets hatred. Hateful words destroy and kill the very spirit of the person. Idle words are just based on assumptions and not reality, so they may actually be slander and destroy others.

In conclusion

Use words to share wisdom, happiness, love, peace, understanding, appreciation and concern, and the world will indeed be a better place because of you and your words!!

This I say from my heart, as a person, as a writer to you my reader. .. Thank you for having given this piece your valuable time.

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I always look forward to your comments, they always inspire me...Thank you in advance 36 comments

Ida 6 years ago

a well put together piece. It kind of sums up all that you need to keep in mind all the time. Reminds of what Job says when his friends try to find a reason for his suffering; 'if it were me I would encourage you. I would try to take away your grief.'

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Well said Ida, you have the power to build, a power that you are vested with..You know me well enough and the very ideals I live for.Thanking you for being so quick to read and appreciate.

I think even if we have been deprived of everything in life we can never be deprived of thinking, if not speaking positive words. You have the power to create. Love You Ida and thanks once again.

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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Sofs...This is a really well written hub. You really get to the heart of the matter. If only more people would stop and think before they utter statements they have to retract. Such a waste of time..not to mention the hurt and misunderstanding it sometimes causes.

I feel fortunate to be one of the 'measured' speakers, and a very good listener.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

I am glad that you think so Tim, this has been something that has been on my mind for sometime. The words that we spill, the hurts that we cause could all be avoided if we would just spare a thought before we speak.

Glad to know that you are a measured speaker and a good listener. The world could do with more of your kind. Thank you Tim for your comments, it is highly valued here.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Oh Sofs! This Hub is so beautifully written-and bookmarked! Your words remind me of a woman I worked with many years ago. She never contributed to 'office gossip' when the rest of us engaged in it daily. As I came to know her, I decided to emulate her rather than continue criticizing others. I am proud to say that I've managed to give up that part of myself.

Perhaps it has something to do with aging as well, I'm not certain.

Words are very, very powerful, and you have related this masterfully. Thanks so much!

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sandy27m 6 years ago

Hi Sof ,

Well written. There were times when i would hide from people thinking that if i meet i would say something that might hurt them .But now i meet people am able to listen before i put across my views. But still to reach the good standard to say i am out of it.As you say its better to keep our mouthshut especially when we are angry

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Laurel, I am glad to see you, truly glad. Kind words indeed, that have the power to build. We are all work in progress, always learning always changing and becoming better individuals. I am learning too Laurel, aspiring to become that which I admire.

Age is not a factor, it is the willingness to learn and grow that is important.

Thank you you for your positive words and God Bless!

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Hi Sandy, glad that you liked this piece. I would like to stress that no one is perfect, we are work in progress and we learn all the time, it is our attitude that determines our altitude. Measured speech has its value, it at least stop us saying those things that would kill the spirit.

Thank you for your comments, it is highly valued here.

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dayzeebee 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Sofs, every word resonates with my spirit. Thank you for such a wonderful hub. Your passion to send out this valuable message jumps out of every word. Kudos my friend. Blessings always and in all ways:)

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Ha! Did I tell you we are kindred spirits..your comment is so beautiful... kinda touched something deep within.

Yes this message needs to be told and retold all the time..I can count on you my friend for that. Thank you for your comment. God bless!!

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pink flavour 6 years ago

I enjoyed your hub and ensecially the part with the negative words ...I know sometimes a small ugly word can hurt someone more than it was intended to and can have rather nasty effects on the person .

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Yes, words are indeed strong weapons, we need to use them carefully or we could tear others apart or tear ourselves with them. I believe that words have the power to build and we need to use them constructively.

Thank you for the visit and the comment, God bless!

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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

What a beautiful uplifting hub and oh so true. I aspire to use words wisely, but it is still a challenge at times. Thanks for sharing your wisdom on this topic in such a heartfelt way.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Aren't we all aspiring? :) There is a lot that needs to be unlearned and learned.. negative words come so freely to us.. being aware and correcting ourselves will be the first step in the right direction.

Glad that you found it useful and uplifting.. I am also in the process of learning to use words wisely.. we are always learning, aren't we? :) best wishes to you and thank you so much for your heart felt comment. God Bless!

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Rebecca Saunders 6 years ago from Australia

Thanks Sofs for a well written article! The power of our words and thoughts is great indeed.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Rebecca Saunders thanks for stopping by, glad you found it well written. Yes thoughts are powerful and thoughts cause words to spring forth, we need to take care of what we think so our words will be those that build and not destroy! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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jantamaya 6 years ago from UK

Sofs. This is an exceptionally well written, positive piece of writing :) Loved to read it. Thank you for posting it.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Words have power and we need to use them well, and if we learn to use them well we will have more happy people in the world today. This has been among my favorite topics and I am glad that you liked it. Hope this will be something you will adopt in this New year. Thank you Jantamaya for stopping by and your comment. Wish you a Happy and Prosperous New year!

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jantamaya 6 years ago from UK

Thank you Sofs and wish you best year ever!

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Thank you and God bless!

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Joy56 5 years ago

yep our words echo around the world, at least when we come to hubpages. Glad to be on the receiving end of your hubs, they are well written, and kindly. Non judgemental and helpful, thankyou

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sofs 5 years ago Author

There is power in the (spoken or written) word, Hubpages or not. The words we speak do not remain inert, they create a positive or negative force based on what we speak. It is left to you to create a positive or a negative world around you! I hope you will be kind to yourself and speak only positive words about you. Thank you for the read and comment,God bless!

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

I enjoyed reading this while I ate my salmon sandwitch! Your words are powerful, truthful and wise.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Aslanlight, thank you for enjoying your sandwich and the power of words, I hope that the words had a stronger effect on you. I truly appreciate the read and the comment, God Bless!

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Robert Veight 5 years ago

wow! Great insight into how our words can touch others - in varying ways. I really enjoyed this hub. Thank you. I am very new to hub pages, and still trying to get all the technical aspects, but enjoy the writing part of it. If you are interested, I wrote a hub about "Speaking from the Heart" and the power of words.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Robert, I am glad that you enjoyed this hub. Yes, there is power in the words we speak and it would be wise to use them to build and not to break. I will read your hub ASAP, I am a little tied up with work at the moment, I am sure it would be worth the wait. Thank you for the follow and the comment, much appreciated. God Bless!

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Robert Veight 5 years ago

Hi again sofs, I am learning a little more each day. I just linked your hub here from my hub, "How to Speak From the Heart"... very cool! Now I just need to learn how to get some traffic to my hub... HA HA !! thanks again.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Robert you are very welcome, I wish you the very best and loads of traffic too... :) God Bless!

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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Powerful, high voltage hub! I enjoyed every word of it. I don't believe in excuses like "slip of the tongue" when dealing verbally with others. Once words are out, they can't be recovered. Bookmark this for all the good advices I can resort to when need arises. God Bless you my friend, your heart has powerfully spoken your kind of person. Useful, vote up!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Lita, I preach it and practice it :) The power of the spoken word is something that I have understood and reaped the benefits out of it.. I love to share this message because it has helped me grow as a person. Thank you Lita for endorsing it..I appreciate it very much.

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Great piece.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Thank you Marwan Asmar for the read and the comment!

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sasanka7 5 years ago from Calcutta, India

Nicely presented the hub. The power of words are immense no doubt. It is like a both edged sword which can equally bleed or console. Thanks for sharing.

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ruthclark3 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

You come highly recommended and I'm glad to follow you. Thanks for this inspiring hub. I can feel the sincerity in your words - for words ARE powerful! This gets a vote up from me.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

sasanka, I am sorry that I missed seeing your kind comment. Words are indeed a double edged sword, that need to be used with a get deal of care. Best wishes for a very happy and prosperous New year.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

ruthclark3, I am honored by the follow and your kind words. It is not everyday that you hear such words.. and words are powerful indeed :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes you the very best in the new year :)

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