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Power of words!



A bullet once fired from the gun, passage of time and the spoken words, never come back.

There are 3 elements in the above quote, (i) bullet; (ii) Time and (iii) Words. No intelligence is needed that a bullet has the power to kill and it is common sense that there is a time span for everything and everyone. Words are the strongest weapon a person can have. It can not only kill, terrify, petrify but can praise, inspire and persuade.

What do you think is the power of Words; will you believe me if I say words have the power to kill? Maybe not. Let me narrate a small story to prove the same. In the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, some villagers practice a unique form of cutting a tree. If a tree is too large to be felled with an axe, the natives cut it down by yelling at it.  The woodcutters creep up on a tree just at dawn and suddenly scream at it at the top of their lungs. They continue this for thirty days. The tree dies and falls over. According to the villagers shouting and abusing kills the spirit of the tree. This method has never failed them. When words can kill, it’s impossible to deny the fact that they are just merely signs and letters.

I am sure you will agree with me that words have energy and power to help, heal, hinder, hurt, harm, humiliate, humble and persuade .In a small village there was a little conflict between people as to whether god existed or not … To solve this the village headman decided to conduct a debate between a theist and an atheist and whoever won this debate was right. All the villagers agreed and the debate started early morning. A marathon session followed and finally ended the next day! By then the theist became an atheist and the atheist became a theist … Whether the villagers got their answer or not, we don’t know. But for sure we can conclude by saying that words have immense power! And with thoughts and words synchronised we can do wonders!

Words are what we use to express our self, our thoughts and our feelings. We use words in every walk of our lives and hence the power of words is immense. The impact of words on different people varies because it depends on their understanding and the tone with which the speaker has spoken.

“Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Words are most powerful messenger of your thoughts. Do you agree with me?




7 comments on “Power of words!

  1. Megha's World
    April 16, 2018

    Totally and absolutely.Thanks for sharing the two stories. The first one I have heard in the movie, you must know which one I’m talking about and the second one was new to me.Yes, words have immense power and as writers, we are living proof of this.

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 16, 2018

      Yes Megha. I too had heard that story in the movie TZP. It had a deep impact on me and made me reflect on how powerful words can be. As writers it is truly a huge responsibility to ensure that our words have a positive impact on people.


  2. delphini510
    April 16, 2018

    Thank you Radhika, yes I agree with your totally. Words are powerful as weapons and healers. Creative or destructive depending on in who’s hands.
    That is for instance how long term verbally abusive relationship can kill.
    I did love the story about the villagers and haven’t seen the film. Poor tree, it felt totally unloved. Is this story true?
    So may we use our words with care and wisdom…and love.

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2018

      From what I know Miriam, the story is true. That only helps us realise the true power of words, both positive and negative. So it’s wise to use them with caution, care and lots of love. Thanks Miriam for the lovely comment!!

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