Words—no matter how intangible they seem—hold so much meaning.
Because of words, we can tell our stories, share our dreams, and mouth our aspirations. They can spark a revolution and inspire people to push for a meaningful cause.
At the same time, words are powerful enough to become weapons of negativity. They can hurt, alienate, and discriminate. Words can become too hateful and judgmental, that is why we should use them mindfully.
Perhaps the core of a word’s magic lies in its intentions. It is up to us--and the words we choose--that determine how we can make someone feel. So, amidst these polarizing opinions and extremities, always (as much as possible) choose words of kindness and respect.
The question is, how can we do it? We are all different people coming from different upbringings and life situations. Words that do not hurt you might be a trigger for someone else—and vice versa. How can we be a beacon of encouragement for others without invalidating their struggles? Sounds hard right? But the least we can do is try.
Below, we compiled outcomes that can inspire people to forge a deeper understanding of others and learn self-love along the way, with the help of positive words. Check them out!
Before speaking, always keep in mind that your words matter. Whether it is for a colleague, a friend, or even a stranger! Texting a friend with a simple, “you got this!” before a crucial client presentation can do wonders to boost their confidence. Sometimes, it can be hard to believe in ourselves. But hearing someone special in your life cheering and believing in you can cast away self-doubts and negative self-image.
Notice a new colleague sitting alone at lunch? Waving “Hi!” matched with a friendly smile can alleviate their anxiety during their first day. We all know how scary it is to go out of our comfort zones. So, as much as possible, let’s radiate a safe environment to make work comfortable for people from all walks of life!
Words are just words without intentions. So, it’s always a good practice to reflect and re-assess the words you choose to communicate with others—including yourself. How do you respond to unanticipated situations? Do you tend to be reactive? Learn through these patterns and try to be mindful of your thought process.
There is a reason why authors are one of the most influential icons to showcase the power of words. But even if you are not an author, know that your words can still set people in action.
There are rights that not everyone can equally receive because of gender, race, and status. If you belong under these marginalized sectors, the more your words are needed. In doing so, you are not just speaking for yourself, you are speaking for the truths of the community that you belong to.
Yes, it’s normal to be afraid. But words which are set to inspire change are meant to be daunting. Don’t let these discourage you. Write that poem about equal rights. Pour your heart on that climate-solution paper. Share your experiences to empower people. These forms of writing can inspire others to do better, to decide better. Not just for themselves but also their communities.
Not in the literal sense, of course. But words can make people feel less alone. Providing your loved ones with words of affirmation and encouragement can help them get through each day, especially when life gets tough. These small gestures of affirmations can improve mental health and enable people to overcome tendencies of depression and anxiety.
More than that, words can also transform into various art forms. These pieces of literature serve as companions that people can resonate with and relate to. Words can hug you—through every book finished, and every poem read.
So, if you feel your pen calling out to you, don’t hesitate to write and tell your story to the world. Somewhere out there, there’s a person who needs to see them in hopes of finding clarity, inspiration, or a way to define their feelings.
As the old saying goes, you might forget the words, but you’ll never forget how someone made you feel.
There are times when we say things we didn’t mean out of anger and uncontrollable emotion. But what was said—whether good or bad—cannot be taken back, and the feeling will stay etched at the back of the receiver’s mind.
For example, a teacher humiliated a student in front of the whole class, prompting the student to never attend school again. Or parents, with the intent of pushing their son to do their best, had to compare him to another. As a result, the kid treated achievements as a symbol of self-worth, which led to early burnout.
Imagine how it would be if the words used in the above situations were said the other way around? If, instead of humiliating, the teacher encouraged the student to do better? Think about how successful and happy the child will be if the parents were just more supportive of the kid’s passion?
The above circumstances further strengthen the need to become more mindful of the words that will come out of our mouths. Words may be forgotten, but their meaning has a living permanence that can affect how someone sees or values themselves.
Words go hand in hand with actions. If we can practice them together, we can be more mindful and understanding of the struggles of others. We can be a safe space for everyone—from a teen who seeks guidance about her first period to an elderly who needs your patience as they retell their stories over again.
Our words have a significant impact on the people around us. Recognizing that is the first part of living more consciously aligned with your deeper purpose. So, if you like to touch base with your soul, visit Soul Spring for more wellness tips and spiritual transformation!
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