Misspent: adjective, spent wrongly or unwisely; squander, wasted: misspent youth.
Language is powerful. Words have ignited wrath between families, began life-long romances, and started wars between countries. We deal daily with the ramifications of not only our actions, but also the things that we say.
I work in a construction site where I am one of a scant few that choose not to lace my communication with obscenities. I am surrounded by intelligent, and equipped men who choose on a minute-by-minute basis to shower those around them with the same four-letter words over, and over again.
I do not know what backgrounds these men come from. I don’t know what words their fathers spoke over them that wounded them deeply, or where they were taught to speak with such a limited vocabulary. As I am doused every day with the same words over and over I wish that these men had been taught to be more creative in their speech, and less perpetual in their use of four letter words. I wish they had been taught the meaning of the words that they use.
Words matter. Let us not forget that we can control our words. Let us never take our words for granted. Words are powerful things that can separate brothers, unite lovers, and heal the sick in heart. Words can be either the Elmer’s glue that, in its milky-white creaminess, stick hearts together–or words can be the brand new pair of scissors that forever cut things apart. Words, yours and mine, shape the world.
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Friends, in a world where time is short, and the clock cannot be stopped, use your words wisely. Thread grace, and variety in your language. Bless others through your creativity, and zest. Expand your vocabulary. Decide to use a new word every day. Encourage others through your use of the English language. Recognize the great power encompassed in the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.
Choose, today, not to take your words lightly. Ration them out carefully, and use them well.