Words. We use them to form thoughts, in meditative, spoken, and written language. They are the substance by which we think, relate, and communicate with man and God. They are an essential instrument in our personal and business relationships to clarify our intentions, motives, resolve, and plans – to clarify, both to ourselves and others.
Even when our words are not physically spoken or written, they remain the essential medium of our internal conversation within ourselves, with God, or with virtual others. And from the inspiration, guidance, and passion of these reflective moments we act out and verbalize choices that frame and forge the content and meaning of all the days of our lives.
In all these ways, it is clear that words possess remarkable creative power. With them we conceive, develop, communicate, and perfect ideas and plans that lead to actions — the creation of new ways of living, thinking, better technology, improved relationships, beneficial enterprises, social and spiritual conceptualization and understanding, and order-of-magnitude breakthroughs.
But, words are a two-edged sword; depending on how we wield them, they will build up or tear down, inspire or cause despair, bring peace or enmity and strife, open new vistas or bring isolation and hopelessness.
It should be sobering that we alone are the gatekeepers for our spoken and written words, and their outcomes.