The Power of the Written Word

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Words matter. Did you know that the written word actually holds power to affect how we think and how we act?

According to anthropologists, our ability for complex reasoning evolved at the same time as humans developed language. This is because language provides us with a compass for advanced thought. And before we had language, we simply couldn’t think in the way we do now.

If you have children, you have experienced this. You’ve watched their ability to think abstractly evolve along with their ability to understand words. The written word is powerful, persistent, pervasive, and in my case, healing.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Writing is so powerful because it codifies speaking, literally turning words into objects of conscious reflection.

Writing ideas makes them more concrete to us, and by focusing on written words, we are better able to internalize and understand them, and to allow them to affect our behavior.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old. Scripture, quotes, and powerful poetry have always found a way to stay connected to me. I wanted to share my love for words and their power with my community. It’s one of the core reasons I started blogging 9 years ago.

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Last week, I created a ‘Word Wall’ for V+Co. and ETTWomen. The idea is that every time you come into our space, you share your word. That by reading the ones already on the wall, you will feel their power and intention. Hopefully, you’ll leave V+Co. feeling inspired, empowered and affected more positively.

My word for this year is ‘clarity’, what’s your word?

Do words affect you? Leave it in a comment and we’ll add it to word wall 🙂

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