Writers string them together to create sentences. Sentences lead to paragraphs, paragraphs become pages, and so on.
We can take the ideas floating around in our head and turn them into images that our readers can see, sounds they can hear, and sensations they can feel.
But, I was reminded again this weekend that words have a different kind of power.
On Saturday, I traveled a little over an hour away to have lunch and catch up with a very dear friend. We got lost in conversation and it was only when I noticed the weather was turning gray and rainy -- a few hours later -- that I even considered turning for home.
"It could be worse...It could be snow." I said, just before we parted ways. I then twisted on my heals and knocked on the wood frame around the restaurant's door. A part of me already knew I put those words into the ether.
I'd given them power.
Now, do I believe that the reason I ran into snow just fifteen miles up the road was that I'd said "it could snow?" Did my words keep the snow over my head the rest of the way home?
But it did remind me about the power of positive thinking. I'm a firm believer in saying your goals and dreams out loud or writing them down implants a notion in the back of your brain. Even when you are not thinking about that goal, your brain knows it's there and it comes up with ways for you to make that dream a reality.
There is a saying that I'm sure most of you have heard about sticks and stones that ends with "Words can never hurt me." The person who said that doesn't really understand the power of words.
Words can lift a spirit or bring forth a tear. They can change the minds of others and they can move mountains.
And....mabye they can turn rain to snow.
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids. Her son, now on his own, is planning a wedding, reconfirming that romance still lives and breathes. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.
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