We can hear them, we can listen to them but we can never see them. If not spoken, we can write them down and we can read them.
They can be in a form of a song,
a poem or simply phrases
that convey messages.
They can be letters and numbers
and punctuation marks
put together or individually.
They can be loud, they can be a whisper
and at times too low to be heard.
They can be honest and sincere,
but they can also be lies and hypocrisy.
They can make us happy or sad
and at times glad or mad.
They can make us smile
and can make us frown.
They can encourage,
they can uplift our spirits,
but they can also bring us down
even to the lowest ground.
They can make us go on and move forward,
but they can also make us quit and give up.
They can make us alive and strong,
but they can also make us weak and helpless.
Why are words powerful?
Why they affect us in every way?
Even though they are just sounds
we hear when we talk or speak,
or written for our eyes to read,
their meanings can be good or bad,
positive or negative,
and worst of all,
they can be life or death!
Is it okay to be affected by words?
Of course it is, because we are all humans.
If only we are gods,
then words will have no meaning forever.
But sad to say,
we are only human beings
who are very much lower creatures than the gods
that's why we are affected by every word we hear.
A simple "hi" or "hello" makes us smile,
makes our day brighter
and immediately makes us want to say the same thing
especially when it's coming from someone close.
But that "hi" or "hello" can be dangerous
when it comes from someone with a wicked motive.
He doesn't mean giving you a good greeting,
but is really giving you a warning to be careful.
Only family and friends can make "hi" or "hello" positive,
but enemies make them evil.
And what if someone tells us
that we are "good-for-nothing",
"fool", "asshole", "silly bitch", "ugly", "stupid", etc?
How do we deal with him,
and how do we take those words?
Surely if we are emotionally weak,
those words could easily make us mad,
forcing us to retaliate right away.
They can make us blow up
and fight that very moment.
But for those of us who are wise,
those words are just ordinary sounds
that don't penetrate our hearts and minds,
and simply vanish in the air without a trace.
Like gentle winds that touch our skin,
they are gone in a flash as if they were never spoken.
But whose words make the greatest force
and make the biggest impact?
It all depends on what words are spoken
and who speak them.
When an enemy says "I hate you",
we can simply say "I hate you too"
right away without any hesitation,
without second thoughts
for that's how we treat him
and that's how we feel for him.
But when a loved one says "I hate you",
it's a totally different story.
That simply hurts so much,
and that makes us wanna cry.
It's like a knife that stabs through the heart
and making us want to die.
When a loved one says "I love you",
the world becomes a paradise right there and then.
But when someone we don't love says "I love you",
we run away immediately and never look back.
We simply can't take those words
because we feel it's not right
and there's no way we can say it back.
Words are used to express our feelings and emotions,
and all the things our hearts are full of.
There's no way to keep quiet or else we will burst.
Words are sounds our mouths produce
and the things we write when we don't want to speak them.
But there will be times
when words should just be treated as words,
and nothing else if possible.
Their meanings must not penetrate
the deep parts of us
no matter how they are spoken
and they should not be equated to anything.
Words are not knives that harm,
or cut or bruise.
They are not bullets that shoot and kill.
They maybe intended as arrows
to pierce our hearts and soul,
but a wise mind can prevent all those.
With the right reasoning and thinking,
words will remain what they are
and nothing more.
They should just be sounds we hear,
and not something anyone of us should fear.
No matter who speak them,
and no matter how harsh or cruel or evil they may be,
they should not punch us in any way,
and can never break any part of our bodies.
Even if they are spoken right our faces
intending to tear us down,
their force should be as light as a feather
and as soft as a marshmallow,
and just let it pass through
from one ear to the other.
And the only words we should hear or listen to
should only be those that are nice and kind,
good and positive.
If we are strong and wise,
then we can all say that:
words are words and nothing else.
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