The Power of Words

“What are words for when no one listens its no use talking at all” Missing Persons

Words are powerful. A well crafted turn-of-phrase has the power to impact lives. Too many becomes a bunch of noise. Can words become art?



Continuing with my theme of Cinematic Wisdom, I recently found inspiration in the movie “The Life Before Her Eyes.” William James once advised, “Begin to be now what you will be hereafter“. One might ask how?

Our deepest guide, in our beginning to be, is imagination. Our ability to project and mold our future selves from the myriad possibilities before us. To imagine takes courage and effort. But it gives us hope too. Hope that we can author our own destinies. Hope that the rightness of the decisions we make now will be born out in the future.

As much as we can be overwhelmed by the world, we can also draw hope from it, from beauty, from promise. From the simple fact that we have the talent to imagine our future selves from all the possible lives that pass before our eyes. We must imagine our lives well. We must engage our conscience. Conscience is the voice of God and the nature and heart of man.

How have words inspired or impacted your life?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Tammy

    Since the moment we met, your words have not only inspired me but they have impacted my life as well (in more ways than one). I still have every single email you wrote to me back when we first met (and there are enough in there to write a book) because I just may want to write a book someday. That’s how inspired by words I’ve become…thanks to you!

  2. Jennifer

    Thank you for these words of wisdom. Why is it that so often the negative words we hear are overpowered by the positive. I once heard that it takes 10 positives words to equal 1 negative word. Then take the speaker into account and if they are a powerful influence, their words 10 fold.
    I appreciate your work and your effort. They are very positive!

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