Well, this one makes me feel like I’m on the fence of having an ego, yet still being honest. I seem to have a way with words, both written and oral. I’ve been told on many occasions that the words that I’ve written seem to hit just right with people. I have to say, that all my life, words have been important. From public speaking, to any of my writing, to even singing, words have been an integral part of everything.
When I was younger, I wanted to be able to articulate my thoughts and feelings accurately through my words. I read a lot, to the point of even reading the Encyclopedia Britannica because I was bored. Through the years I have looked through dictionaries, the thesaurus, and now Google to find new words. I’ve even looked for old words no longer or not often used. Linguistics is an amazing thing to me, and being able to utilize it is important.
The written word
Oh, how I love to write. I know that probably seems obvious, but it is probably an understatement. The idea that I can write stories that convey sadness, excitement, joy, or even anger… there is power there. The written word gives us power to tell our stories to empower others, or it can give us an outlet to share our stories that will inspire others to overcome similar hurdles.
Every language has its own idiosyncrasies, dialects, slang, and way of conveying things. To write a story, you are giving someone the canvas and the paints, and you’re giving them a guide of what to make. The reader is the one who actually paints the picture in their imagination. That is a powerful way to be able to share your own thoughts and imagination with others.
To speak or not to speak
Speaking with others, reading stories, talking with someone to calm them… All of these things are important. The trick is being able to find the right words, the right tone, and even the right volume and rhythm. Depending on what your purpose of speaking is, will determine all of those factors.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a talker. Also, self admitted chatty Cathy to be fair. I enjoy conversations ranging from the mundane to the totally weird. I love having the serious conversations with people and helping them with something. It could be helping them with guidance, narrowing down possibilities, or just letting them vent.
Then there’s the totally weird conversations. You know, the ones that are caused by being sleep deprived at 4 in the morning, and you see something that sparks a thought. That thought then turns into a huge discussion of philosophy and hilarity. I love when I can be totally silly with someone, absolutely serious, and then adorably cute and loving.
Those are the times my words sometimes fail me, but the person I’m talking to usually brings me back to center, and all is ok.
This week, the challenge is to think about a talent that you have. Then, realize why you’re grateful for it, and what it really means to you.
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