By Irina Melkumyan
“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
We use words to communicate, to express our simplest and most complicated thoughts, needs, and emotions. Without words, how would you communicate?
According to the 20th-volume Oxford English Dictionary published in 1989, there are 171,476 words in the English language, yet the average man only uses 20,000-30,000 of these words. If you were to take a moment to think about the words you tend to use every day, how would you describe them? Would you say they tend to be more kind or mean, optimistic, or pessimistic? Words are tremendously powerful. Time and time again, words have been used to start and stop wars, we use words to negotiate and to express our love and hate.
The words we use today can impact our lives and our futures. Especially given the current state of the world, with so much chaos and uncertainty, how are you using your words? Do your words spread love, uplift, and empower or are they used to hurt and destroy. When we become more selective and more conscious with our words, the people and things around us change.
COVID-19 has changed the world forever.
The time and space that we were forced to have allowed us to understand the importance of genuine human connection. Authentic connections, romantic relationships, countries, and peace treaties have been built on words. Words hold power beyond our knowledge. Given the current state of our country, what words are you using to speak to yourself?
Remember, the words you use to speak to yourself in the dark is the capacity of love you can extend to those around you in the light. Now is the time for us to construct our words to a new standard, to a new level of love. It is especially at your weakest moments that you make the most life-changing decisions. Given our current times, we can all refresh our diction, get creative with our words so that we can create a new us, a new world.
If you had the magic power to heal your deepest wounds, better yet, to love yourself more, would you do it? With conscious thought, kind words, and time you can heal! Better yet, you can then extend the same language of encouragement and kindness to all those around you who need it most. This is a secret known by magicians of old, “abracadabra.” The root word of abracadabra literally translates to “I Create As I Speak.”
The world is changing, and so is everyone else with it. Words now more than ever, have the opportunity to change everything for the better. Every human has the power to use his or her intention to create a ripple effect of goodness one word at a time.
ABOUT Irina Melkumyan
Ms. Melkumyan is an entrepreneur, entertainment banker, breathwork facilitator and writer. Since the age of 6, Irina has used writing as a way to inspire people. Her passion for helping people find goodness in their everyday lives has inspired her to write thought-provoking content with a mission to bring a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart.