“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”― George Orwell, 1984
I am a writer.
I always have been, really, but there was a decent length of time in which I figured I wasn't there yet. I'm not sure exactly what I was waiting for, but it was probably something like an official, associated-members-only embroidered hat or t-shirt from Those Who Are Writers, Inc. Maybe a plaque, or at least a notarized invitation or some other such nonsense that would never ever materialize.
I spend my days in front of computers, where I write articles and blog posts and manage marketing campaigns. When I'm not at my day job, I'm often in front of my laptop, drafting blog posts for Evergrowth or for my own personal blog, Views From the Bay. I'm writing my first book. I keep notes in my phone about ideas for posts and stories.
I suppose you could say that I'm trying to build some credibility here, but basically, what I'm saying is that as a writer, I'm a storyteller. Telling stories is what writers do.
Apart from the fact that I care deeply about spelling and grammar, I care about words. Getting just the right word is important. Heck, I edited this very post constantly while I wrote it and I know I'll revise it and edit it several times even after I've hit "publish".
Different words have different meanings, sure, but beyond that, they have a different nuance. Even synonymous terms can have a different flavour and leave a different taste in the reader's mind. The wrong word can tell a different story than the one the author intended to create.
Well, guess what: Different words leave a different taste in the speaker's mind, too. Your words sometimes start as thoughts, but what you say speaks your intention into the world around you.
You could say it creates the world around you. Have you ever noticed that people tend to see what they're looking for? It's the classic glass-half-full/glass-half-empty concept.
You'll find evidence to support your thoughts and your words will shape the world around you.
So, choose those words wisely. You don't have to believe everything you think and you most certainly don't need to speak thoughts out loud into existence if they aren't in service of you and what you want.
As Thumper tells us in Bambi, you don't need to breathe more power and life into negativity.
Keeping those thoughts from becoming words might mean you keep your silence now and then. I don't know about you, but I don't think that would be such a bad thing for me, sometimes.
And you know, if you notice that you find yourself not "sayin' anything at all" for a long time, or frequently in certain situations, there might be something there for you to take a look at.
When you choose your words, are they an extension of your Essence?
Are they the voice of your Survival Mechanisms? Or, are they the voice of someone else entirely? Are they the voice of the past?
When you are consciously choosing your words carefully (the first step is noticing), where are you choosing from?