Expression in writing
The power of the written word
For most of us we try to express our thoughts through our words and our actions. It is not always easy to talk directly with others and say what we should or need to say. If we are uncomfortable in conveying our message face to face with someone then the next best thing is to convey it in writing. If we were given the opportunity to speak face to face with the President of the United States or a highly elected official to express our concerns and our hopes for better days ahead most of us would gladly welcome the opportunity but in accepting the chance to share our feelings I feel most of us would prefer to write out our ideas and our concerns and share it in that manner as opposed to speaking it.
As a teenager when I started to realize girls were cute I was more shy in face to face meetings and found it much easier sharing my feelings with written words in a card. I could always express myself better in writing and feel that by writing it allows us to really tap into our innermost feelings and share our sentiments, our thoughts, our ideas, our hopes, our wishes and a part of who we are. We can be as personal as we feel necessary when we write and we can really let our emotions come out.
In preparing a speech most would agree it is better to think about what you will say and write it down ahead of time so when it comes time to deliver it you will find it a lot easier to speak if you have the written speech in front of you. It has to come from your heart and if you are confident and can deal with the nervous jitters then it will all come out positive. There are times when it is very important to speak and when we do we want to project our sentiments clearly and with confidence. I would say that we all have anxiety when we have to speak in front of an audience. However if we are prepared with a written speech then we are half way there.
I believe it is quite an honor to deliver a eulogy for a close family member or a friend and if we are indeed called upon to speak on their behalf we want to say something that is touching and describes the person in such a way that all attending will get a glimpse into their life and see how they were truly loved and how they touched others. I find that a eulogy is endearing and should be a way to celebrate the life of our loved one. Sometimes when we write and speak something so emotional in respect to them we will tend to effect others in ways that elicit tears, laughter and sobbing all at the same time.
When I think of the importance of making a speech I think of our President and all the preparation he must do in order to deliver a winning speech that will bring the nation together united for a common goal and to share his optimism for better times. Sometimes we are called upon to do great things and we have to summon it from inside of us and convey it to others. The ability to project that worldly knowledge and confidence does not happen overnight. It comes with practice, dedication and hard work. A leader must know how to be an effective communicator and rally others by actions and words.
We all have watched the Academy awards and the many wonderful actors and actresses that grace the stage after winning and we wonder what is going through their mind and what they will say. Many have notes that they wrote down to read as they graciously accept the award. In the moment leading up to the announcement you can sense the tension and the nervous excitement. This is a dream of a lifetime for all who are nominated so their speech has to be something they have thought about all their life. Some speeches are very touching as you can sense the pure joy and excitement and the sincere heartfelt thanks that shines through. There are so many people to thank and it is not just the one person. It is the efforts of so many and that is why it is so important to convey these types of feelings in a speech.
The class valedictorian has a tremendous opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class and convey to fellow graduates and the families and friends attending that they are prepared and eager to accept the challenges that lie ahead and though they may have some cause for concern and some uncertainty they are excited and very proud and they look forward to those challenges. It is such a wonderful time in a young graduate's life and there is so much to look forward to and to be hopeful for. We realize we don't live in a perfect world, especially now but we must maintain optimism even during difficult times like today. It is the valedictorian that sets the tone and he or she must strike a chord with the graduating class with words of hope, encouragement and pride.
Musicians touch us every day with their music which is a compilation of words, feelings, emotion, hard work and talent. Music touches upon so many of life's experiences and that is why it is such an important part of our life and a very valuable form of communication.
We live in a world where we need to engage and interact with others and we must always feel comfortable and confident and by expressing ourselves through our words and our writings we will surely be able to get the message we wish to convey across to others. We have to learn to accept that we are not perfect but we all have a personality and a sense of who we are and we must let our spirit soar and communicate to others with honesty, sincerity and integrity. We must be strong and have the ability to convey our thoughts and our feelings in writing and in speech.
I am the father of an autistic child and I know how frustrating it can be when you can't find the words or properly convey your feelings to others. It seems that autistic children have to learn things that others take for granted and it can be very painful for them so that is why speech therapy and social interventions are necessary and helpful. My greatest mission in life is to provide my son with the tools he will need to get along and to make wise choices and learn to adapt, grow and blossom. An autistic child has so many hidden talents that need to be drawn out and learned so that they too will find peace and happiness in their life and have the joys of communicating with others which are necessary in forging a meaningful life. Sometimes words are taken for granted but the reality is that the power and the beauty of the spoken and the written word is what makes the world go round and life more meaningful and interesting.
Edward D. Iannielli III