“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”
Heard of this one haven’t you?:)
Is this true you think?
Don’t some words sting more than a slap ever can?
Don’t some words hurt so badly that it feels like an entire lifetime wouldn’t heal the wounds?
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like anything would have been better than listening to those words from a loved one?
Or remember that time?That one time when you would have given anything to take those words back?
The ones that you threw at a loved one?The ones that make you feel guilty even now?
Words..what do you think of them?:)
They are the means of everyday communication are they not?
Words are how I communicate with all of you.Words are the medium through which you have come to ‘know’ me .
Words are the way I have come to ‘know’ so many of you too.:)
Each one of you different ,each one of you unique.Each one has a world of his/her own outside this blogosphere.
A question that came to my mind was….what about those who can’t listen or can’t speak? What of them?
For some who can’t speak and listen both,the sign language becomes their ‘vocabulary.’
For those who can’t listen,speak or see…the senses are at a heightened state of awareness.Their senses say much more to them than ours possibly do.
So in a way, I suppose, one could say that those senses are indeed their ‘words‘.
All of us reach out in our own ways through the words we have at our disposal.
What do you say when a loved one says something ‘cutting’?
You more often than not say that you are ‘hurt’.
या फिर मुझे चोट लगी ,
मैं आहत हूँ ,
उसके शब्द मेरे दिल में नासूर बन गए हैं
Interesting is it not? 🙂
That you would use a word that implies you have been attacked or bruised physically?
Are you not using a ‘physical’ language?
‘Cutting’ and’ hurt’? or in Hindi /Urdu ‘चोट ‘,’आहत’,’नासूर’?
But it was a mental pain…A pain that your mind and heart registered..your body has no inkling of it..
And yet the mental pain feels like it is so physical does it not?
And maybe spiritual too?
Words are all we have.
Essentially everything depends on how you use the words.
As a friend said so aptly, ”Words.. are everything!
And they are nothing.. it depends on who is using it.. and how!”
Ever heard anything more true?:)
All of us have the same words at our disposal.
The same alphabets were learnt and remembered by all of us.The same Hindi varnmala.Or even your mother tongue.
And yet some are more generous than others with their words…they share words with abandon….
Some use words like they are storing it up for a rainy day….:)…very,very carefully..
And some are so miserly with them ,that one wonders, why were they given any in the first place? 😀
Words are essentially an expression of your spirit….of all that you are…
For the Inuits, the word to make poetry is the word to breathe; both
are derivatives of anerca, the soul, that which is eternal: the
breath of life.
A poem is words infused with breath or spirit: “Let
me breathe of it”, says the Inuit poet-maker and then begins: “I have
put my poem in order on the threshold of my tongue”
This is why you feel touched when you read a poem or indeed any word that has been infused with this spirit,this breath of life itself.
Didn’t you always wonder why some words spoke to you?Why some poems have stayed with you forever?Why some stories are buried deep in the recesses of your mind ?
This is why.
The words take breaths of life like you and me.They are life.
Have you ever wondered why are you so addicted to blogging?:)
Yes,to be in touch with each other..yes…..
But why this need to reach out and touch another soul?
Don’t you pour out all that you have to say on these blogs ?
Don’t you write till it feels like the last drop of blood has been transformed into words and put onto paper or in this case the blog?
But wait!:)there is another reason that you so eagerly open your blogs in the morning or at night…:)
Don’t you simply hope against hope that there will be comments for all that you had said yesterday..?That somewhere there will be another soul who would reciprocate and empathise?
That there would be words in response to your words?
Or someone who thinks just like you..and is generously sharing his/her thoughts with you?
Words can be positive and negative…but all of you know that already..:)
Positive words have an energy of their own.They don’t just empower the speaker but also the listener who recieves them.
Each word of ours has an effect on the one we are addressing.
Negative words give negative vibes…
No..not vibes as in the spooky black magic kinds…but the other kind..:D
Have you seen how violent a reaction someone has if you say just one negative word?
That is the negative vibe I am referring to..
Remember words have the power to heal and hurt ….both…
Today,observe how you are using the words you have been given.:)
Go on…observe..Be conscious..be careless..either way you will learn a little something about yourself..:)
Try giving a compliment ,one from the heart to a loved one…:)….and see the change…the smile that blooms…..:)
”If I write what my soul thinks, it will be visible, and the words will be its body.” — Helen Keller
Second in a random series on the effect of words (or their absence)in our life…