“He is a man of few words.” The movie — “The Quiet Man.” “When E.F. Hutton speaks people listen.”
What do all the above symbolize? — The truism that words that have an impact don’t have to be many. Several weeks ago we talked about Poetry and the economy of word usage. For every word there is a time and a place. However many are outspoken; they do not mind when they speak, what they speak, or where they speak. A person who has no control of their speech goes on and on and on.
We are called to be thoughtful of our speech as children. We are taught the rhyme – “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Yet, we learn that that the rhyme is not reality. Cruel words can pierce our heart, and leave wounds that only heal as scars. Those who say a lot often say very little, while others who say little, say much.
It depends on what and how it is said. If we control our speech, if we know how to say a word, and use it to its best purpose, one word can have tremendous power.
If we ever doubt the power of words remember, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Authors note: No words can match the magnificence of the mountains of North Carolina. I am back in Charlotte, the Pew will again be posted regularly, but part of me remains among the trees. W.