Words Are A Powerful Tool
I remember sometime back in 2013 when I had to speak at a mens prayer breakfast at my church. This was about maybe a few months after I graduated from college. At my church, they would think they had the prayer breakfast once a month. One of the elders had really wanted me to speak at one of the prayer breakfast coming up in regarding the youth & their relationship with church. I elected to do it, but at that time for some reason, I wasn’t really taking it seriously. I remember the day of the breakfast, I almost showed up late & I’m adamant that I was probably out & about the night before. I know that beforehand, my pops had called me scoldingat me to get over to the prayer breakfast.
Now keep in mind; I barely wrote anything nor went over what I was going to say. When i was brought up to the crowd, I just knew that I was going to bomb it. I literally started winging my speech all the way through. I was stuttering, slipping & sliding all throughout my speech with my words. I was telling myself in the mental that i was just ready to get this over with because I wasn’t confident in what I was saying. But to my surprise, The men were actually blown away by my words said. I was approached by many of the men there & told that I did a great job speaking & that my words really made an impact with how they looked towards handling theconflicts of the youth & church. It got to the point where they started a new program at my church dedicated to assisting the youth with relationship with God & their attendence to church with us. I was seeing more faces that looked like mine at my church and I was in awe. All of this just because I had spoke my peace & feelings on how I felt. At that time, I didn’t realize it, but after going through life experiences & self reflection with where I am as a writer, I realized that when using your words or phrases correctly, it can serve as a real powerful tool.
There’s nothing like seeing people getting excited & inspired over your work just off the words being said. Now granted, I’m still working on perfecting my craft as a writer, I find it interesting to see people getting triggered in different ways whether they’ve read an article or read tweets off twitter. Im still in awe that what you can say can affect those around you. When you’re a writer, knowing & understanding your wordplay is a big asset. Kendrick Lamar brought it up in his interview with Zane Lowe when he was asked about his rapping skills being compared to the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, & 2Pac. He said, “I just love words. I just love how to bend them. I love how to break them. Twist them, turn em, Make it in couplets.” He explained further on how when you can manipulate your words, it shows the true craft of your sportsmanship as a rapper. Having such a skill like that as any kind of writer is impeccable. Some are really blessed with that naturally while other had to work on perfecting that talent. Your words truly can impact someone whether you’re just explaining an opinion or if you’re calling to check up on a family member or friend. I will say however, that with the good also there comes bad from your words. A lot of times i see negative words being thrown into play. Some people are able to brush it off, but for others it may be even more difficult. When you saying certain words like “can” or “can’t” it really can impact your way of thinking whether you realize it or not.
The more you start hammering that certain word into your head during your daily day of living to living, you start believing in it and then sure enough, the moment you believe it is when everything starts coming to life. Hence why I say words can be your powerful weapon. Sometimes you just have to take your time with certain words & think about how you want to use them. Do you want them to leave a positive impact or do you want your words to cause chaos. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes chaos is needed. But at the same time, there’s a time and place for chaos with words. At the end of the day, you have to remind yourself that what you say can & will be used either for you or against you. Choose your words wisely.