I always appreciate a good word.
I was recently involved in NSAA’s Hand to Heart Event that took place at the Arts Mill. Because the intent of the evening centered around “giving,”myself and another committee member/friend were trying to come up with a small gift to give to each of the attendees. What we ended up gifting to each was a smooth black rock with a word inscribed on it.
I liked this small gift. I really appreciated that each person received a simple rock. And a simple word.
The printed word. As an author, it is my job to select just the perfect combination of words to communicate the message. I am currently working on two manuscripts, one that must be a collection of no less than 65,000 words, and one that must be no more than 600 words. Both of the editors that I am working with will hold me to the same challenge-does each and every word serve a purpose?
In yoga, words serve a purpose, as well. Speaking with a friend and fellow student the other day, we discussed the vibrational frequencies of words. Of Mantras.
In every day life of course we use words often; in songs, in poetry, in the books that we read. Newspapers, magazines, the back of a cereal box, Facebook, twitter, blogs and linked in. Texts. “Ttyl. Lol. ILU” We see words on the tattoo, on the biceps on our accupuncturists. Words are on signs. On bumper stickers. Words are scribbled on scrap paper as notes we write to our kids and stick in their lunch bags.
Many religions and spiritualties talk of the Word communicated through sound.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
“OM” is considered to be the most significant word of Mantra tradition. It is thought to be the most chanted sound among all the sacred sounds on earth.
For me, words are wickedly powerful. They can slice like the flash of a sword or can warm and melt like a cup of hot cocoa. While most people might enjoy receiving a fuzzy new sweater as a Sweetest day gift, I’ll take a fuzzy word from the heart any day. Okay, stick it on a smooth rock that I can keep in my pocket and you’ll be my forever friend.
How do we dress these words?
With the potency of the space,
the white paper that surrounds them.
And then we adorn them with more.
Words can become sexier, like a love song, with the accessories of punctuation. You choose the right mark and you are adding rhythm and tempo to these collections of letters. Consider the use of the comma, and exclamation point! the semi colon; The question mark? Periods are serious. Give me three and you leave much to my imagination…
I know, some people may contest that words are too confining, too rigid. Too defining. Maybe you’ve even muttered the words, “words just can’t express”. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t that words fall short, but that we fall short in the challenge of allowing the “indescribable feelings” to be realized enough, to be felt enough, experienced fully. I think maybe there is always a language to express, if we allow ourselves to see the subtleness. These words are placed like see-through dew drops on the air- colored filaments of a spider’s web, bringing just enough clarity when the light hits right, so that we can see the intricacies of the interwoven collection of feelings.
Oh, you don’t agree with that run on sentence? Then look at it in a different light. How does it affect you when someone you love holds you in his arms and whispers into your ear, “words just can’t express the way that I feel…” What do those words express?
Words are revered by well known folk too. These folks have written words about words:
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
― Rudyard Kipling
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
― Mother Teresa
Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.”
― Natsuki Takaya
“I always surprise myself on my ability to turn a phrase. Words are, in my not so humble opinion, the most inexhaustible source of magic; capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”
― J.K. Rowling
Freedom is…the right to write the wrong words.”
― Patti Smith
Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.”
In the end, why does someone write a blog about words?
Just to remind myself of the beauty and simplicity of this powerful form of expression.
Also, because I have two manuscripts due by the end of this month and I’m suffering with a bout of writer’s block just at this moment. So I thought I’d play.
Thanks for reading.
“Neither the lyrics of a hundred songs nor the rhymes of a thousand poems will ever resonate in my story as much as one single word written from your heart and given to mine.” Smb.