The Power of Words: How Words Can Unexpectedly Change a Life

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Articles | 0 comments

There are moments in life you can’t and won’t ever forget. 9/11, Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are a few for me. These events have left an indelible mark on me, as well as many of you, and, since their occurrence, “things” nor I have ever been the same.

Similarly, you hear unexpected words, from unexpected sources, at unexpected times, which leave you unexpectedly changed. Forever.

Herein lies the awesome humor, beauty, pain, and power of words. What we say, how we say, and to whom we say things  really does matter – no matter how inconsequential we think these words may be. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”.

Painful and caustic words aside, this post and the successive ones to follow, are strictly dedicated to any and all words or sayings that, for you, speak “life.” They have the “it” factor. So whether these words were spoken to you by your child, friend, family, love of your life, mother, father, or hater (and we all have a few of these), and whether the words reduced you to laughter, tears, gave you courage to change, faith to endure, or gave you a new perspective on how to “make it” or “fake it til you make it” – I want to hear from you.

Selected submissions will be posted once a month for your uplift, musing, and encouragement just as a reminder that in all of your doings in life, you’re not alone in your experiences.

To submit your own stories, please email me at or leave a comment in the comment box below.

To get things started, here is my own story:

“Can I fly away with you?”

Bone tired and completely exhausted, I got up early one Saturday morning to make a cup of hot tea. Nia, my then two year old daughter, got up too. A precocious child since birth, she, as usual, immediately peppered me with question after question – none of which would take a “yes” or “no” answer.

Somewhere between being half-awake, and certainly feeling half-dead, hoarse-voiced and restrained as best as I could – I hadn’t had my tea yet- I said:

“Nia, if you ask me one more question, just one more question, Mommie is going to fly away.”

Silence. Thank you God, she’s got the picture.

A few seconds later – I suppose she needed time to mull things over in her head – without hesitation and in her little pipsqueak voice, she said:

“Mommie, if you fly away, can I fly away with you?”

LOL! I learned that day that being a mother is an exercise in patience, laughing to keep from crying, and not taking oneself too seriously.

So be encouraged, and take the time to laugh, love, and pray.

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