The Choice of Words

The Choice of Words

Through the words, we speak to someone, or through the words, we write (for ourselves or when we share those writings with others), or even through the words we think about, the choice of words matters.

Every word represents something, and moreover, every word has an emotion attached to it. The meaning and the emotion affect not only the receiver, but also the one who is saying or writing it, or even when thinking about it.

Just by reading the word ‘happy’, the memories attached to that word start popping up in your mind and you start feeling that emotion too. That applies in the opposite sense too, and to not just a particular word, but the meaning justified from an entire sentence, for example, “You’ll never be able to understand this”. Just by hearing that sentence, an emotion of incompleteness fills you up.

There are billions of words and hundreds of emotions (that can probably be summarized in five or so categories). But the important part is the choice of words you use for yourself and for others, verbally or through writing, all matter.

Sure, in a conscious state of mind, you might keep this in mind. But what about a situation when the moment’s got the better of you?

Maybe, at such a moment, you let your past habits and associations get the better of you and blurt something out you didn’t want to or you didn’t mean to, but at least with the self-awareness, you can learn to step up, you can learn the emotion derived from that word or sentence, the feeling of it, and try to remove it from your vocabulary.

To just understand the depth of what we speak about and what it means is such a key element in our or another individual’s life, how it affected their mind, and the impact it had on their day or more.

Half the things said, don’t need to be

Half the things said, don’t need to be

An individual averagely speaks 125 to 250 words per minute. Now imagine, if this individual speaks on for hours and hours in a day…

Our brain is similar to a programming machine, everything that is seen through our eyes, heard through our ears, said through our mouth, touched through our hands and legs, everything is recorded. To that, a certain emotion is then attached and accordingly the voice in your head is formed too.

So, what you then speak whether about yourself or someone else or anything else eventually becomes a part of you.

Now… Imagine if everything that you say in a day is recorded externally and is then read back to you. Would you be proud of everything that has come out of your mouth?

Do half the things that you uttered needed to be said to yourself, or to someone else at all?

How many times did your emotions take over and you said something that you shouldn’t have?

Moreover, what is the impact of everything that you’re talking about? What does it even mean? Does it have any meaning? Or are you then speaking just for the sake of it?

Eventually, when you keenly observe, when you analyze, when you understand, you realize that half the things said, don’t need to be.