Words have no power... which you do not give them. - Bruce McAllister The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
Words are just an assembly of letters. Once we assemble the letters into words, we give them a definition. Now that the words have meaning, we use them to communicate. This is where it gets tricky. You know the saying "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"?
I see two ways of looking at this. False, of course words can hurt me. Just think of all the cruel things that are said that diminish our self-esteem, leave us feeling isolated, even humiliated. This happens when we allow the words to have that power.
Or it's true, and words cannot hurt me... if I don't let them. If we can put aside the hurtful words, we take away their power. This is not an easy thing to do and many people suffer from careless, thoughtless or malicious remarks.
This is my list.
What is your word (or words) for the year?
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