Thursday, February 25, 2016

Choose Your Words

"Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble." - Yehuda Berg

Words are powerful. Yesterday as we watched the film, Akeelah and the Bee. I loved the emphasis on the power of words. As a lead character shared the example of W.E.B. Debois and the power of words, I was reminded of this. Then later in the day when I chose to bring up a subject at a less than ideal time, I was reminded of this again. The power of words is something we can't forget.

Timely quotes by W.E.B. Debois copied from goodreads.

“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.” 
― W.E.B. Du Bois

“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” 
― W.E.B. Du BoisThree African-American Classics: up from Slavery, the Souls of Black Folk and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass