“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words of energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg
Considering the ‘powerful force’ of the words we speak, it is very important for us to become aware of how we are speaking. Our words should be carefully chosen so as to not demean and change one’s view of themselves or their perceived value to others.
Just like how the power of a ‘pen’ is enormously larger than a ‘sword.’ If someone hurts you with actions, the pain will eventually go away. But with words, you’ll most likely remember it for the rest of your life.
In this inspiring video, words have clearly succeeded in turning a man’s life around.
It started off with a homeless, blind man asking for alms on a busy street complete with a plea signage, but nobody seemed to care or help the man out.
He caught, however, the attention of a woman passing by. Upon realizing the man’s unfortunate condition, she wrote something at the back of the man’s signage.
With the new words written, people started noticing the man, sympathizing with him, and extending their generosity by giving him some money.
When the woman returned the second time around, the man couldn’t help it and asked her what she wrote that captured so many people’s attention.
She replied, “I wrote the same but different words.”
The original and mostly ignored signage was read as “I’m Blind. Please Help.” to which the woman transformed into a new set of beautifully chosen words.
The change of words brought more impact on the bypassers which the old words failed to achieve. The previous words by the blind man only described how miserable he is because of the things he lacks in life.
On the other hand, the new words written by the woman resonated with the people. They were essentially reminded not to take life for granted as there are others just like the blind man who simply cannot look up at the sky or see how beautiful the day is because of his disability.