The Power to Destroy and The Power to Heal
They have the ability to damage, devastate and even destroy. They can stay forever taunting and torturing. They possess the power to obscure light and obliterate hopes. They can annihilate those they touch.
They have the ability to guide, grow and give affirmation. They can stay forever enriching and encouraging. They posses the power to ignite passions and instill greatness. They can change the world.
They begin wars. They bring peace.
They are, of course, words.
Choose them carefully. Use them wisely. Understand their power. Time their delivery.
Each time we open our mouths we have the opportunity to divide or to draw people closer. We are given the chance to be cruel or to be kind. We can choose to spread lies or love.
Or we can just add nothing to the conversation, needing to hear our own voice instead of listening to those of others.
To put it more succinctly, as Buddha said, “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”
The man had a way with words.