After looking up many of the 97K
plus words in Vol. I or II of Samuel Johnson’s book of words for my resent
novel, ”I am all astonishment.” My respect offor the English language has grown with this
research. We use words with every breath, but do we ever stop to think how long
a word has been in use? Poets show appreciation. As do
song writers and novelists. But each time we speak, do we consider the history
of the words we say? Yet, not all words are used as
things of beauty. I am not referring to slang or curse words. I mean the words
said in anger. Words intending to wound another.Words said without thought. Remember...once spoken, words can
never be taken back. Sure, kids do this all the time. Say mean things and when
faced with the consequences, they claim they were only teasing. Teenagers are
especially skilled in this art and use it indiscriminately. But adults are guilty of
inflicting pain as well. I read a comment on another list that makes me cringe.
To a group of writers and dreamers,this
womanstated there weretwo people in one of her groups who couldn’t write, but they
continued to publish anyway. Did you duck? Are you looking
over your shoulder. Can you feel the pain these words inflict?
Imagine...someone who is struggling with their writing career reading these
words. Or the writer who just learned
her publisher dropped her contract. Or the dreamer who spent a lifetime with
the goal of writing in her head. These are strangers to the woman who made that
comment. I doubt she ever gave her words or the people reading them a thought,
but why say such a thing? Is ego to blame? Do we need to be
on top of the heap no matter who we stomp on the way up?Is this a case of ‘the moreyou say, the less important it is’?Words. Matter. “Our dreams are like our
children, they need to be fostered...” This quote is the punch line from the
movie, My Fellow Americans. But don’t let a careless comment steal your dreams.
Use your words wisely. Create beauty, escape, enjoyment.
Don’t try to knock people down.
Give them a hand up and you will be a winner.
I am all astonishment...at the
length of this post. Please forgive me. And don’t forget to FOLLOW YOUR DREAM!