words are powerful
Descartes was correct. One of my favorite things in life has long been the reading of books. I love history and “listening” to the great minds of past centuries. While I currently working on a third degree, I have gained so much more education through reading those who lived in the past.
Many of those who wrote had a particular grasp of the English language that is unsurpassed in the 21st century. Writing today, in many cases, seems dumbed-down. The writing I find in college classes is absolutely appalling.
Needless to say, one day, our decade will be finished as will this century. The world will move into the 22nd century on 2100, yet, I have to wonder what those in that century will have to say about writing and books. You and I have the ability to make a difference – not just in this century, but for centuries to come.
However, to do that requires that we write, and write, and then write some more. In order to write though necessitates a great grasp on our own language. To do that and to be relevant, we must be willing to learn from those who came before us.
Your challenge this coming week, if you do not do so already, is to find books from past centuries. Make yourself a coffee or a tea and have a conversation with the likes of Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Spurgeon, Victor Hugo, Arthur W. Pink, Charles Dickens, etc.
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I remember an old saying that we used to say in school, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Yet, how strange that the bullying I remember the most was the hurtful words. The saying is not true for words have the power to hurt and maim. Words have the ability to drive a person to laughter or to tears. They can rouse a nation to war, or they can bring peace. Words can soothe the aching heart, or they can drive a person to utter despair. Be careful what you say and what you write for you never know what your words will do.