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Monday, June 14, 2010
"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"
Your central nervous system is filled with a mix of negative, neutral or sometimes positive energy. Think of it like the internal circuitry of a pinball machine.
That circuitry will process slightly more than 45,000 thoughts that bump, flash and spin through your brain for the roughly 17 hours you are awake each day.
Those thoughts are often influenced by the words of other people.
Words from from celebrities you see on TV/the web or hear on radio. Words from columnists or authors you read. Words shared by friends, family members or complete strangers you bump into.
Those words can have an explosive effect - positive or negative - on how those 45,000-plus thoughts play out in your personal dialogue each day. When was the last time you stopped to consider how the words of others can either send your spirits soaring to record highs or cause your entire soul to scream TILT?
Words have the ability to tap into deep emotions, lifting you to the highest of heights, or send you plummeting to the depths of despair. Words are more than letters stuck together, lending meaning to sounds we make. They also deliver an energy force that can shoot like the deadliest of arrows into our psyches; causing more pain than any stick or stone could ever inflict on our physical beings.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
It depends on whether you want to keep living like a pinball.
Or make a decision to live like the pinball machine itself.
While the pinball can be easily bounced in any direction and never controls where its going, the pinball machine is rock solid. It stands on four sturdy legs. It influences where the pinball is going.
Language works best when used to influence and inspire others to find the best in themselves.
But, that level of pinball wizardry represents a choice.
"When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
P.S. ... Songwriter Pete Townshend had a way with words when he and penned this classic from "The Who".