I love writing and with my blog I’m creating stories for the world to see. I’m aware of the power of words, but this awareness always fades as I’m pulled into everyday matters. Last week something happened that brought back the awareness of the power of words and it’s the reason why I’m writing this blog.
I was having a conversation with someone and it left me speechless…overwhelmed by what was being said, I just couldn’t find the right words to react. The words being spoken caused an overload of emotions. It just had to sink in.
Words…they have such an incredible power. Entire nations can be moved by only one word. Words have caused wars, but also bring peace. Words have brought me joy, laughter and filled my heart with love. Words have given me knowledge and understanding. Words bring excitement, they lift me up, comfort me, but also inspire me. But, words can also bring me down. Words have hurt me, have broken me. They left me speechless, brought tears and sleepless nights.
And it goes further than that. The words we use also affect what we experience. For example: a glass is half full or half empty. Another example: you could say you’re lazy, but you can also say you’re effectively using your time. Two completely different explanations. One explanation from a negative point of view and one from a positive point of view. The way we say things can make a huge difference in the way we think and feel.
Besides that we all experience words in different ways. Words can make me angry, but the same words can be experienced as annoying for someone else and not cause anger at all.
Words can make me feel frustrated, while someone else only feels a little bit confused. Words that make me laugh, won’t make another person laugh and vice versa.
Words…we’re surrounded by them.
What I love about words is what can be created with them. Lyrics, poems, books, stories, blogs, they can truly affect me.
Listening to a song for example can right away put a smile on my face or make me cry.
Often I’m touched by poems and stories. A book can take me to another place and make me forget about everything happening around me. And blogs, I love blogs, simply because they often show me another side of things, make me aware of things or simply make me laugh.
Here are some really great videos that show the impact of words. Please take time to watch them.
Back to the conversation I had last week.
A conversation that left me speechless… just a couple of sentences, but having a huge impact on me and caused sleepless nights. But at the same time it also brought inspiration.
Inspiration to write this poem:
The sun sets
Taking the light away
Darkness sets in
End of another day…
The night falls in
The world gets quiet
Leaving no distractions
It’s getting late
I’m still awake
Restless and alone
With thoughts and feelings I can’t shake
The darkness is overwhelming
It’s holding me tight
It’s haunting me
Making me feel a prisoner of the night
The night knows my thoughts
Knows how I feel
My deepest secrets
Impossible to conceal
Hours passing by
Slowly the world wakes
A weak light appears
As the dawn breaks
Daylight chases away the darkness
Darkness fading away
Taking my thoughts and feelings
To hide them from the day
As the light gets brighter
I’m feeling relieved
Finally I’m drifting off
into a short but calm sleep
A song that comes to mind while writing this blog is ‘Words’ by Ryan Adams.
Listen and enjoy!