It seems that this post has the interest of two somewhat verbose individuals, so just a few words on words!

According to the book of Genesis, we are all here because
of the word, in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and all
that is, was created by the word.
If you think about it we all live by words, we speak, we write, we text, but what are words? It has been said that
words are easy and mean nothing, but to me and many others a mans word is his bond!


But what about the power of words today, the great Oscar
Wilde has something to say on this subject too.


Yet each man kills the thing he loves,

By each let this be heard,

Some do it with a bitter look,

Some with a flattering word,

The coward does it with a kiss,

The brave man with a sword!



Words can create, build up, magnify, encourage, comfort and praise, yet they
can also destroy, break, condemn, criticise and ruin, often a single word of
criticism or rebuke can do more damage to a persons confidence than a thousand
words of praise can repair.


I remember when I was young, I used to write poetry, and one
day I made the mistake of showing my work to my Aunt Alice, who was quite an
accomplished poet, she was very forthright, and never pulled punches. I have
never written a verse of poetry since, and I never will, whatever poetic talent
I may have had was crushed completely. So you see we really must be careful
what words we use, because once the words fall out of our mouths no matter how
hard we inhale we can’t suck them back. We have all been guilty of saying
things out of place, we never mean to hurt, or to offend, but it often happens
anyway, and unfortunately you can make, or break people with just a single
word.


When I was an apprentice I, like all the others could do
nothing right, we were criticised and ridiculed at every opportunity, what we
thought was perfect, to the others was rubbish. Many of my co-apprentices left,
but I was thick skinned, and determined to show what I was capable of, there
weren’t many words of encouragement, but one person, a painter, said to me one
day. ‘If a jobs worth doing, it’s worth doing badly at first’. That has stuck
with me all my life, because nobody’s an instant expert, we all have to start
somewhere, and I have said these words to countless others whom I have been
mentoring, maybe they’re not real words of encouragement, but they’re not
condemnation either, they acknowledge the fact that we all start with nothing,
and through setbacks we gain experience and eventually we become skilled.


Remember, the person who never made a mistake never made
anything, and saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t repair the damage unkind words have
caused.