Word Bondage

"The proper words can make people take actions. 'Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words . . . ?' Wrong. Words can do all sorts of things. For instane, words of praise can make you work harder, run faster, or behave in a jollier way. A word of criticism can do the opposite. Whether or not we believe the words, they do their work. 'Something always sticks' is the way the Romans put it. The word, being an exteriorization of a thought, is the key to our behavior." ~Holzer, ESP and You
MorningBreeze MorningBreeze
56-60, F
4 Responses Nov 4, 2011

I have to agree with Holzer: words have their power. there's a lot words CAN'T do, but they indeed have their power.

i agree.

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa

yes, some of the kind words that have been spoken to me here on EP, rings still in my mind and brings a smile to me. words i will hold tightly to all my life.

I agree. I found myself misusing words as I quit writing for years. Now that I am back writing I am relearning the language and choose the correct word for the meaning I desire as I type. I hope to transfer this to speach some day. People will think me nuts when I have to stop every few sentences open my dictionary or thesaurus to make sure that is the exact way I mean it rather than something close. LOL Words can be misinterpreted and hurt someone's feelings. I admit Ep is helping me choose my words more wisely. Good story. I agree.

my dictionary and thesaurus is beside me all the time. listening to the words and how they are put together is something i give my attention to. thank you....sometimes saying not a word... says alot. ;)

Well said. An entire good day can be killed by a few casually cruel words; words can also soothe those wounds.

Hi. no doubt about it, the power of words and how they are put together.... what a force! sometimes... folks say things, they don't even know...how much power is in their words.