The Power of Words

As a kid, did you ever watch The Electric Company on Channel 2?  I did.  The part I liked best was the cartoon about the super hero Letterman.


Faster than a rolling “O”! Stronger than silent “E”! Able to leap capital “T” in a single bound! It’s a word, it’s a plan, it’s Letterman!


Letterman was so powerful because he could rip a silent E from his chest and turn a cap into a cape and just fly away.  He could turn Sam sad with just the letter “D.”


Words are powerful things.  You can melt a person’s heart with the words “I’m Sorry” or “I Love You.”   You can turn a child’s smile into a frown with just one word:  “No!”

And you can lift any woman’s spirits with the words “You’re Beautiful.”


I’ve always been a sucker for a sweet talkin’ man.  I fall prey to their charms too easily.  Cuddle up close, whisper in my ear, and I become one of those women in the old black and white movies who actually SWOON. 


I work with words for a living so you’d think I’d be immune to their power. Maybe my attraction to that sweet talker is the result of my desire to get up close to someone who can manipulate words better than I can – and move someone to action or feeling with the power of those words.


I need to be more thoughtful sometimes with the words I choose.  I often put my foot in my mouth.  Say the wrong thing.  Once words come tumbling out into the air it’s hard to take them back.  How do you take back saying “Yes” to something you know you shouldn’t do?  How do you UNDO saying “I love you” when your heart is really still pondering it over?


“Think before you speak” my mom always said – words to live by.


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