Can we imagine life without words? Even the deaf find their own ways with words. Sometimes, I do envy them for I’m sure their words are so discrete and intimate that could actually make us, with vocal words speechless, just watching their body language and responses. Deep, indeed!
Words have power. Words create humans, relations, cultures, worlds and all. And that’s why, we just to be extra careful with words, our words. We won’t know when we will have to ‘eat’ them, with our without our wills.
From the Oxford Dictionaries site, states that
“In the Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989, contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as sub-entries.”
O my words!
In my religion, words have its own values and significance to everyone. The Holy Quran reminded the Muslim to use words at its best:
Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). (Qaf 50:18)
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH also has preached and reminded his followers to ‘watch out’ with the words uttered. Abu Hurayrah relates that God’s Messenger, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said: “Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent. And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his neighbour. And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.” This hadith stressed out the qualities in one’s faith; speak good or remain silent, be good to your neighbours and be good to your guest.
Good words are power words that motivates a person, shapes great characters, creates positive auras and respects. Therefore, teaching your children with the good and right words, with the correct tone while not denying oneself’s to have his or her opinions would definitely be something that benefits our children in growing up.
Yes, too much words can kill one’s credibility too. In teaching our children the words of success, we must keep on stressing that for whatever, never talk the walk if they can’t walk the talk. Great words complement great attitudes, which definitely the ulterior aims for each of us in living a successful life, hopefully.