Words And Their Worthiness

by Thilaka Ravi on  July 22, 2008 at 5:25 PM Celebrating Life   - G J E 4
In the beginning was the Word
The Word was with God
The Word was God.
- from The Bible

The power of words—written, spoken or sung is such that it can build or break, wound or heal, create or destroy.  Words can aggravate a situation or lighten a mood. 

A man living in an area that was notorious for its housefly population was grimly pacing up and down a hospital corridor. His anxious wait to see if his wife's blood tested positive for typhoid was interrupted by a text message on his mobile from his friend. 

The worried contours of his face melted into a smile as he read the funny lines of the famous American humorist Ogden Nash, sent by his friend, by way of solidarity: "God in His wisdom made the fly and then forgot to tell us why."

Words Can Kill
 Words And Their Worthiness
Words And Their Worthiness

The meanings of words may not have changed very much down the ages, but the way they impact an individual, differs according to the place, time, situation and the person to whom they are spoken. Especially in modern times, when societal pressures and media influence leave young people high strung and sensitive, it becomes imperative we use words as a medium to treat each other with care. Very recently, the media reported news that a school student jumped off a terrace and died in Chennai because her teacher had 'scolded' her.

Words Can Heal

"Kind words do not cost much.
Yet they accomplish much."
 - Blaise Pascal

Research has shown that plants respond favorably to certain types of sounds and this can stimulate growth - prompting some people (including Prince Charles) to talk or sing to them.  It doesn't need great imagination to see how much the positive effect of words can be multiplied in human beings.  

Those involved in giving palliative care are known to weave healing into life through words that strengthen and support a person in distress. Studies have shown that caregivers and patients often form lasting friendships over the course of care.

Is 'Love' Becoming a Clichéd Word?

It is said that 'love' is the most often used word in the English language. (Most eastern languages have different words for different connotations of the generic word 'love'.) Each time Michael Jackson blew a kiss into the crowd and shouted 'Love You', the crowd went into raptures. Words like 'Love you' and 'Love to you' have been replicated as parting words or used to 'sign off' mails in millions of messages exchanged all over the world and it sometimes leaves you wondering if the words continue to quite mean what they say.  Relationships are known to breakdown because the partners said the wrong things to each other or failed to say the right things at the right time. 

Words Can Build a Better World

Ill-chosen words can dampen enthusiasm, negatively impact self-esteem and seriously affect the psyche of the person at the receiving end.  Well-chosen words on the other hand can motivate people, instil a positive frame of mind and help spread hope and happiness everywhere. 

In current times when Emotional Quotient (EQ) has replaced Intelligence Quotient (IQ) as the bench mark of successful living—whether it is in the realm of work or interpersonal relationships, words and their worthiness assume prime importance. The right word said to the right person at the right time could make this world a friendlier and an emotionally healthier place to live in. However, words have no meaning if they are not backed by the speaker's sincerity of intention in thought, word and deed.

"Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action." - (Anonymous)

Source: Medindia

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short and very much instructive.words have power to build or to destroy.if everyone understands and practices this dictum peace will prevail everywhere. Lawrence india

Lawrence Thursday, August 20, 2009
Report is very thought provoking and written in a very simple and coherent manner.
Medindia - Good work !

guest Thursday, July 24, 2008
Very well written and highly meaningful for the present and future. Keep it up Medindia!
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