Where would we be without them?
Would we have developed another way of communicating, a better way possibly?
I often wonder because of the number of times when words, quite literally, fail me. It’s ironic how, with the vast increase in the amount of them flying through the atmosphere, whether by e-mail, mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook and all the squillions of other platforms, we all seem to understand less and less.
People could be speaking a different language going by how often I find myself completely lost as to what others want, need or expect from me.
“Oh, but I meant…..”, “Well, I hoped you would know………” , “But you should have guessed…….”
So, have words lost their meaning? Or are we just weary of them?
“A bad workman blames his tools,” they say and perhaps this is never more true than in this case. Words need more than a mouth to speak them; they need ears to hear them and a brain to process them, but, most importantly, a heart to understand them.
Ego, anger and resentment stifle them; twisting their meaning and distorting their sound. And yet in that joyous space, where love, kindness and warmth flow, they lift us out of the blackest of depths and transport us to our own kind of heaven.
Words can move nations to war then bring them back from the brink; they can break hearts, then make them whole again.