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Words Are Powerful

Words are neither to be underestimated nor dismissed as “just mere talk” that doesn’t compare with action, because the latter means “doing something.”  On the contrary, words do translate into action; they are doing something.  Words are powerful because they make things happen, and this is especially true when the words are spoken by someone with authority.

She is your wife now because she said “Yes” to be your girlfriend first, and she said “Yes” again to be your wife next.

“You’re hired!” started your career; “You’re fired!” ended it.

“I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” frees you from the slavery of sin; “Get out of the Confessional!” keeps you damned.

“I LOVE YOU!” or “I trust you!” nurtures and deepens relationships; “F_CK YOU!” or simply “Go to Hell!” damages it if not completely ends it.

People use your name to address you because you’re part of their lives; you’re labeled as “he-who-must-not-be-named” or are not even mentioned because people refuse to acknowledge that you even exist.

At the very least, if the words that come out of you don’t make things happen immediately for you, then it can help influence the people who receive it, for better or worse.  And they in turn, as a result of your influence, might be able to take your words and transform it into something actionable.

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.  Words chosen wisely and shared in the right place and the right time will reach far and wide.  Words have the power to start a revolution whose effects, good or bad, will be felt for generations to come.  If you need an example in history, then look no further than Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

Speak the truth that needs to be said, even if it’s difficult to do so.  Sometimes the change that we want to see in this world won’t happen unless we call out people’s attention to its absence and need.  Sometimes the change you want to see in your own life won’t happen until you are humble and honest enough to articulate it to yourself.

Be careful with the words you say.  Words spoken or written are a reflection of what’s in the heart.  So speak words of truth and love, for words have the power to make or break lives.  Besides, the life that could be made or broken could be yours.

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