One of the young bloggers I follow is a college student named Amelia. She suffers from Cerebral Palsy, but the girl has it going on. Like so many other people I’ve met through the blogging world, she’s amazing.
This morning I read one of her posts and found it almost poetic. It was about words. Here’s the link if you want to give it a read. It truly is brilliant. Go ahead and read it: http://lifeintheblueridges.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/reflecting-on-words/#comment-4636. I’ll be here when you’re done.
Oh good, you’re back . . .
Amelia’s post got me to thinking about how many times in my day I even think about words. Okay, okay, I think plenty about words when the “right” word is on the tip of my tongue, and I can’t spit it out into my manuscript. So, for all the writers out there who are struggling with finding the “right” word, you are exempt from thinking about words because I know you’re exhausted. For everybody else, ‘fess up! Do we even give the words we speak a second thought?
In our hurried world, I don’t think so. Consider the sports casters who fill air-time with constant gibberish. Or how they babble prophecy about things that haven’t happened yet. Or how about reporters standing outside in nasty weather and are telling us how terrible it is? Or Congressmen and Senators on Face the Nation and other programs like it, who “talk over each other” and rarely say anything?
Do you see what I mean? I truly believe people have become so accustomed to this constant blathering, they don’t know how to shut-up and words have become white noise. We must stop. These essential communication tools shouldn’t suffer this fate. We can’t let words lose their punch because we use too many of them.
Think before speaking. Rewrite what is written. Maintain word integrity. Words praise. Words compliment. Words express love. And they spew hate. They’re soothing, but vicious They build up; they tear down. They hurt. They heal. They wound and destroy. They guide our head and hearts. We can’t let over use dilute them.
Think about what Shakespeare said: When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
I’ll shut up now.