Sometimes a single word can prompt an entire blog post. The word was harvest. I deemed this word quite appropriate as we are in the midst of harvest season. Most of the soybeans in our area are gathered from the fields. As I sit here writing, a corn field to my east has been cleared of crops. To my south, the field is awaiting a combine to glean the good to fill wagon after wagon with harvested corn.
Imagine a corn or soybean farmer during harvest. How surprised would they be to gather a bin full of turnips instead of corn or beans! Our words are no different!
Words are quite powerful. Have you ever thought about what you may harvest with your words? Sometimes we humans, in being human, may forget that our tongues have the potential to hinder as well as to construct. Our words may plant either inner turmoil or peace, depending upon our choices. Let’s check out some quotes on the power of words.
Harvest Some Word Quotes
- Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day. Unknown
- Your words become your world. Nadeem Kazi
- Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry. Joyce Meyer
- If you believe in the power of words, you can bring about physical changes in the universe. H. Scott Momaday
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
- Speak to yourself like someone you love. Encourage yourself, motivate yourself, and uplift yourself with your words. ATGW
- Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy. Deepak Chopra
- The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Anonymous
- I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine. Emily Dickinson
- Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. Rumi
Sometimes we do not know the impact of our words until we’ve already uttered them. Just as anyone else, I’m certain all of us have uttered words which we wished we hadn’t. I prefer to focus on a few which are from the positive realm. One that comes to mind is from a graduation gift thank-you from a former student. This student thanked me for “teaching him to love art”! Did I ask my students, “Do you love art” as an everyday comment? No, but apparently my actions and attitudes spoke of this love and I am grateful that it must have been contagious.
I will share one more, one of my favorite. When our dear son was no older than one-and-a-half, I was holding him up to look in the mirror. I asked him, “Who is that?” You will never guess how he responded. He replied, “Honey”! I truly did not realize that I must have called him Honey more often than his given name. Well, I giggled and told him, “Oh, Honey, your real name is James!”
We must ponder what our words may plant for us as well as for others. Like Emily Dickinson, gaze at a single one of your written words until it shines! May you reap a bountiful harvest from your carefully chosen words!