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Life 101 - Watching our Words Carefully

Updated on January 16, 2013

Word is a gift from God.

"And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us," (Source: Holy Bible)

And He is the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

In our everyday dealings with LIFE, we always encounter many characters that can jive or contradict with our own.

We have our own biases or point of view in life.

We are given a gift in order to vocalize our wants,criticism, aspirations, complaints and other wishful thinking.

Words document man's history through writings and we should be grateful that we have things to review and to look back whenever we want to retrace our beginnings.

In the sense, mankind has all the happiness to enjoy with.

Our first parents, Adam and Eve, enjoyed communicating with each other in the Garden of Eden. They appreciated all the creations that God had given them to be their dominion.

Unfortunately, jealousy existed with Lucifer (God's Angel of Light) and enticed the couple to taste the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

Then, the after-effects are still evident today: word war, rumor-mongering, bashers online, extreme criticism, cyberbullying.

Words are now killing people.

It is not God's plan to use it as lethal weapon.

Do I have to say the words?

How do you use your words? (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
How do you use your words? (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)

Words to live by

" Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6)

Inspiring words

Messages of inspiration, quotations, sayings are but some of the words to live by. We are inspired by words of God through His prophets as He bared His plans for His children (believers) through the Holy Scriptures.

We should thank playwrights, philosophers, writers who brought positivism over negativity of life.

To cite a concrete example is the Gettysburg Address, delivered by US President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863. It was dedicated to the soldiers who risked their lives during the battle at that place in Pennsylvania. It became the National Soldiers' Cemetery in the USA.

More inspiring words came out with the work of American writer Max Erhmann in this lyrical poem called Desiderata (latin word for desired things). Les Crane's spoken-word recording catapulted its popularity at the US Billboard Charts and even spread in other countries.

The power of words to invoke and promote righteousness among people is also found in Footprints in the Sand.

To be do-gooders in words, including thoughts and deeds are the essences of being a righteous man.

Words can earn us respect if we are to convey it honestly, not in a harsh way.

The Famous Gettysburg Address by US President Abraham Lincoln

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Desiderata: Words of Inspiration

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Thought-provoking "Footprints in the Sand"

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Don't say the 'F' word!

Oftentimes in movies today, we always heard actors in an action movies and other genre saying or shouting the 'F' word during an argument of his/her character.

Nowadays, teens and adults are uttering such word, as an ordinary expression, even though they're telling a joke, anecdote or funny stories.

On the contrary, children are sensitive with harsh words. Whenever they heard such expression, they will always ask why adults are used to saying that word.

Parents should guard their words in front of their children because when they grow up, they will also mimic what they've heard from them

One time

Unguarded Moments

I was often caught off-guard whenever I answered back my mean superior on board ship. Heated arguments often spark grudges between my officers and me, same with other ratings who experienced biting remarks from our master.

I often ask myself, "Is it right to argue whenever there's an accusation hurled at me?" Yes and no, my inner self answered back. If your superior accused your wrongly, you must defend yourself.

More often than not, whenever we're on a jest mode, there are words that can hurt even our friends. They say, and it's proven, jesters or jokers among the group are the most sensitive persons in the world.

We realize that during our 'unguarded moments' our words can hurt others, close to us.

My words to live by

"You will never understand my silence, if you never understand my words."

I used to make this quote as my shield during my high school years, when I was at times provoked by my mean classmates.

I wrote this one day, while in the library, and I came to realize that this quote served as my 'weapon' of peace whenever 'loud' people surround me.

It's better to keep silence when the going gets tough.

We usually joke that:

More talk, more mistakes.

Less talk, less mistakes.

No talk, no mistakes.

I don't like to take it seriously, because I'm a talkative person.

It's the same with my personal quotes, but at times, I have to reason out in order for them to know where I stand.


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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ytsenoh: Or honesty? The move will always come within ourselves, especially parents. It's always good to have many genuine friends whom you can talk gently and help you free from worries rather than few enemies that will make your world turn upside down.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Very inspirational hub. Thanks for the positive reminder. It is true that everything we say and do is an influence. Keep it positive and it will resound after we are gone. As parents, we shoulder a lot of responsibility because we are what we speak. All it takes is a little bit of forethought all of the time. Simple self-awareness.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Tonipet: Yes, we should be more watchful with our words. It just take a pen or the ticking of the keyboard of a netbook or the old typewriter to make someone afraid of you. Or the worse, the verbal cacophony of anguish that will make you enemy # 1 of the community you are in.

      Thank you for watching your words, too. :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      A very useful hub. Let's be watchful of our words means kindness from within. There are instances when we, human as we are, tend to regret after having said a word... but too late, it's been uttered.

      It pays to be watchful... less talk less mistakes, no talk no mistakes. But No... I can't live without talking... I'd probably be more watchful, Voted up and just shared kabayan.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ib radmasters: Thank you for a well-explained post.

      You mentioned multiple languages that is the result of language confusion, due to the disputes on the Tower of Babel during biblical times.

      Yes, mainly it's the person we should be afraid of if he or she uses words meanly among his/her neighbor.

      How about the effects of the written words about the end of the world?

      Many believed that it's gonna happen way back the 90s and just lately last year? And some committed mass suicide or extreme measures just to evade it?

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Words are only communications of a language, and even without words actions kill quicker.

      It is not the word that is dangerous but the person that will react badly to the word.

      God didn't give us words or language, otherwise there would be no need for multiple languages.

      People use words, and it is the people that react to the words. So it is the people that need to be watched, and not merely the words.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Levertis Steele: Thank you for such a wonderful sharing of your thoughts about this hub.

      Yes, I agree, the tongue is the most powerful weapon in the world. Both spoken and written words can affect one's disposition in life.

      By the way, there's this observation that:

      Intellect people talk about ideas;

      whereas average minds clamor for people and

      simple people talk about happenings.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Paul Kuehn: It's an honor having you here commenting on my hub, Sir. I hope all is well for you there in Thailand.

      It's true that we can win more enemies when we tell the truth. Most people tend to cling to half-truths or white lies that they ignore the power of thruthful words.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      What a meaningful and interesting hub! Once words are uttered, they can never be retrieved. I would like to think that we could at least put a band aid on a few words that we regret. I suppose nearly everyone has had a slip of the tongue at times. Forgiveness is golden when we make such mistakes.

      Thanks for sharing and reminding your readers to guard that "two-edged sword," for it truly can sting like an adder when it is unsheathed.

      "Footprints in the Sand" is one of my favorites. "The Prayer of Serenity" is also beautifully worded.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a great useful hub for everyone to read. It is extremely important to watch our words carefully when speaking and writing. Almost a year and half ago I made the mistake of not really considering my coworkers feelings when I published an article on the net which ridiculed them for their workplace practices. The article didn't really solve any problems, but instead made me become a public enemy number one in the eyes of many colleagues. It was the worst feeling I had in my life for about 6 months before I was able to mend fences with everyone. Voted up and sharing.