Words are powerful.
As a writer, I’m very aware of the power of words. Words can heal. Words can hurt. Words can incite anger or joy.
Since I use words for a living I love the fact that they can be so powerful. But, my profession is also why it’s all too easy for me to get too caught up in the power of words–too easy for me to forget that words are sometimes not enough.
There’s no doubt that words can do a lot of good…or a lot of harm, but there are also times when we need to go beyond words if we really want to make a difference. It can be hard for us, as writers to admit this truth.
To a certain extent, words can encourage or provide comfort. When this happens, it’s great. But no amount of words can replace the warmth of an actual hug or smile. No amount of words can replace time actually spent with a loved one.
Words can inform, tell a story, or shed light on a situation. But without someone somewhere acting on them, those words will never lead to real change. Sometimes it’s time for words, but sometimes something more is required.
Words won’t mow your lawn when the grass gets too high. Words won’t clean your house when it gets too messy. Words can’t cook your meal or fold your clothes.
So, the bottom line is that we should remember that while words are powerful, actions can be even more powerful.