Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Meanings Are In People

Words are words. They are but a jumble of letters put together, mixed and match to connote something. But why is it that they say that wounds inflicted by words are far more painful than a sword? And that their scars more pronounced? Could it be that there is something more behind these words?

I’d still say words are words. But meanings are in people. As is it, a word does not mean anything. It is the individual who gives life, color, form and emotion behind these words.

Words are subject to interpretation. Depending upon your frame of reference, you may interpret words said to you accordingly. In like manner, your reaction to those words is dependent on you. You may hear criticism and all sorts of negative remarks. Those are just words. The onus is on you, whether to believe them, to retaliate, or to take it as a challenge to prove them wrong. You may hear praises, accolades and all sorts of good things. The impetus is on you to either receive it with doubt, or rest on your laurels, or to take it as an inspiration to do more.

People may say anything they want. They are entitled to their own opinion. But it is up to you how you take it and how you respond. It is a choice. You can choose to be affected, or choose to be happy. It is not about them, it is you.

At the end of it all, words are words. But meanings are in people. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the human mind is the mightiest.


Susan Abraham said...

What an intelligent insight, Rhyanne. A clever post indeed.
lots of love