Many times I have used my words carelessly. I opened my mouth and words fell out I had no filter. Left in the wake was hurt and words that could not be retracted. I never thought before I spoke and it didn’t cross my mind that words could carry weight. Seriously how young and dumb was I?? It is funny that I thought that way because I love to read. I could get deeply lost in words worlds I can feel what they were feeling cry with them laugh with them…the word world pulls me in and I am happily lost in the mystery, suspense, love and drama of a good book. This fantasy world where what you say has no real consequences is so alluring…I am always snapped back to reality all to quickly. The take away from this rabbit trail is that the words I read deeply affected me rattled me or elated me. And yet, my own words with family and friends were often recklessly placed.
It took many years of learning, verbal bumps and bruises given and received, to gain a bit of maturation and with that the realization of the gravity of careless words. The weight of words is everlasting. as exampled by this phrase…I have a dream
August 28, 1968 Martin Luther King…
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together”.
These words stand firm and have touched and moved the hearts of many people and are as potent today as they were in 1968…
It makes me think of the life changing words that I have heard in my life…here are a few.
I LOVE YOU
ITS A GIRL
GRANDMA IS GONE
Recently I have experienced others use of careless word choices. It angers me and it makes me think…if only they could walk a mile in my shoes. If only they knew how deeply impactful careless words can be. I know that words can no longer destroy me like they used to. I know I am wiser in my choice of words now and I know that I have the power to use my words differently and productively. (Lets pray I remember this the next time I am enraged by someone’s thoughtlessness.) In the course of life I have made many bad and careless word choices I want to be more purposeful and uplifting with my speech and better communicate and positively interact with all the people who’s lives touch mine.