The Power of Words
The power of words spoken, read, written and heard have the power to actually eat away at your soul and each time they are uttered they will actually deflate your being and kill off a piece of you. On the other hand they also have a the ability to inflate your being and build your spirit and take you to a whole new experience of living, bright and beautiful. Words inform us about all kinds of things including insights into who the speaker is.
Who you are online is important to pay attention to. Once you put something out into cyberspace there is no way really of getting it back. Who you want to be in the next 5-10 years is built on who and what you are today. With this new world of the social web and social media and the speed with which things get spread I think it is essential that you become responsible for the words you use. As marketers I am sure you are aware of their power. In your ongoing tweaking of what works and what doesn’t you seek the strongest ones to grab people’s attention to get them to listen to you and hopefully become your customer. It is time to wake up and apply this knowledge to all aspects of your life.
One of the biggest insights I discovered in the world of successful entrepreneurship is the dedication that leaders have to personal growth and development. The more they hone their self knowledge the more they become aware of the interconnectedness of all humans. Once your eyes are open, there is no more of this putting your head in the sand.
So for all those that are committed to making themselves and our world better I have a couple of thoughts I wanted to share with you on thoughtless word use. This came up to me the other day when Jennifer Anistan said she was like a “retard” when being interviewed on Regis and Kelly. There was a large outcry in some of the blogging community and in the community of people with developmental disabilities. You would think that she would know better. Words that denigrate a demographic have no place in an evolved inclusive community. When used to flippantly make a point or a joke because it gets a quick laugh or makes a quick point is still wrong. We all know that defining a community with degrading terms like like “retard” or “faggot” or the “N” word is wrong.
I have come across it in my online community and have pointed it out when I have. I wanted to share one blog I read in response to the Anistan remark where a very intense conversation entailed. Please take the time to read it >> The People Who “Are” In fact Fox news picked it up and re-posted it and some of the comments are filled with words that kill veiled under people’s claim of the right to free speech. If you read the entire conversation I am sure you will be left with a much greater awareness of what this demographic of people go through regularly.
Time to Enter the Human Race
Once you realize that these people have been to hell and back because of how they were born yet are still able to stand tall in who they are you will be as shocked as I am that some people still like to use the word “retard” or “retarded” in reference to their own abnormal behaviour or in name calling others in fun or in anger. I am writing this to underline my belief that if you are planning on interacting with others it is time to reconsider your use of offensive vocabulary. If you are on the path of awareness and being an evolved human being it is time! An inclusive society has room at the table for all its members to share their gifts. It is time to stop using the “R”, “N” and “F” words in fun or work. It is time we all entered the human race.
I have worked with people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. I raised my family in a l’Arche community. My life path has been transformed because of deep relationships I have with people with developmental disabilities. Many people are unaware of the gifts these people bring to the table because they have never had or taken the opportunity to befriend them. Most are stuck in their own discomfort of the unknown so prefer the comfort in their segregated circle of friends.
I wanted to share a video that one of our communities made with a small group of people for you to get to know a few of them. They were all asked a series of questions on identity. I love this video for many reasons and I think many lessons can be garnered from listening to it. For one, it provides you with a great opportunity to celebrate the oneness of our humanity. Please enjoy I Am by a L’Arche group from Cape Breton
and while you do, think about who you are and what is the defining line here? Are you not similar to what these people have stated?
In conclusion I want to share with you one of America’s greatest wordsmiths comment on words that kill and the blight they are on our humanity.
If you dare I would love to hear about your experience of times when people have spoken words over you or around you that killed a part of you.
Thanks for dropping by
Rebecca Happy~The Connector Gal