There was an interesting incident at a sporting event in Melbourne last week. The sport was AFL (Australian Football) and the incident was a 13 year old girl using her secret power – but in the wrong way.
We all have this power and we all use it every day – but most of the time we don’t even recognise its strength, potency and far reaching consequences.
I am talking about the power of our words. It has been written that the power of life and death is in our tongue – and I have met many young people who have been hurt and rejected by the words people have spoken to them or about them. The old child’s nursery rhyme just isn’t true – of course sticks and stones will hurt your bones but names do hurt. And once they have been said (or written) it can be impossible to get them back.
I am reminded of a story my wife read many years ago. A woman had come to apologise for some gossip she had been spreading about a man. He accepted her apology and asked if she would do something for him – of course she said yes. He went and got a feather pillow, cut it open and shook the pillow in the street. He then asked her to pick up the feathers – which, by this time, had blown in the wind. She said it would be impossible. He quietly pointed out that it is impossible to get all our words back too and her gossip will have spread far and wide – just like the feathers.
So – today, why not use the secret (well not so secret now) power of your words in a positive way. Find someone and give them a compliment, something that will boost their confidence. Tell someone you love them, that you are proud of them, that you care about them.
Positive words build people up which is infinitely better than saying negative words to pull them down. So before you write that comment on their Facebook wall – think! Will this help them? Will it make me look bad?
Choosing your words carefully can make a difference too as this video shows: The Power of Words