The powers of words have been taught to me early in life. Both my parents are ministers and growing up, they would always speak blessings and declarations: that I will succeed in this life, that I will make it, and that there’s a great future ahead of me. They will share it while praying for me, in conversations, and on the numerous pep talks I’ve had with both of them or with either Papa or Mama.
When I moved out in 2006, living in New York City where I stayed for seven years, I’ve learned how important words are to one’s life. As a kid and teenager, it’s easier to ignore its effects. But as an adult, I’ve discovered that words spoken to you and by you – good or not – can make a difference in your day, your attitude, and in a greater scope of things, your life. It’s so important and powerful that your very words can either limit or expand our possibilities.
“Sticks and stones would break my bones but words can break my heart” reads the revised interpretation of a popular saying, which claims that words won’t hurt. At the onset, the effect of spoken words may not have immediate physical consequences, but given enough time it does have very tangible effects. Your declarations and your spoken words can alter your realities, for better or for worse.
It’s important that whatever you do and whatever circumstance you’re facing, you choose to speak life.