Thursday, June 22, 2006

The importance of words

Linda Cole sent me the following passage from the works of Henri Nouwen:
Words are important. Without them our actions lose meaning. And without meaning we cannot live. Words can offer perspective, insight, understanding, and vision. Words can bring consolation, comfort, encouragement and hope. Words can take away fear, isolation, shame, and guilt. Words can reconcile, unite, forgive, and heal. Words can bring peace and joy, inner freedom and deep gratitude. Words, in short, can carry love on their wings. A word of love can be the greatest act of love. That is because when our words become flesh in our own lives and the lives of others, we can change the world.

I love that sentence saying that words "can carry love on their wings." What a beautiful image. Let us also have words of love for ourselves. The words we use in self-talk are very important and can bring happiness or inner conflict. Let us choose happiness.

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