Thursday, March 28, 2013

#slice2013 28 of 31

My fifth grade teacher loved writing. Writing was her favorite subject to teach and she put everything into it. I learned from this teacher how important words could be.

"Words can be misinterpreted." You can say one thing, but mean another. You never want your words to cause drama, but instead make sure that they initiate peace. Use your words to help but never to harm.

"Words can change the way you look at something." Don't judge someone by how they appear or their reputation. Wait until you hear what they have to say for themselves before you come to hasty decisions you may make based on other people's words.

"Words can make someone change their mind." Sometimes all it takes is a simple, well-spoken explanation for someone to see your side of the story. Most of the time, it is words, and not fists, that can help you gain respect. If someone understands you, it is more likely that they will like you as well.

"Words can be very, very bad." We should not abuse our power of communication. Words are not meant to be hurtful, but are instead meant to communicate. If we, as humans, didn't need to communicate, then we would have never evolved from monkeys. Make sure that you never abuse your gift of speech.

"Words are powerful."


  1. I think you had a very wise teacher. These are all good things to remember whenever using words. They are powerful because they have the ability to continue to echo in the mind.

  2. Lucky you to have had a teacher like this, Larkin - especially in fifth grade, when I feel kids are just beginning to truly realize the power and the sheer fun of playing and crafting with words. And look, here you are slicing away every day in the most interesting and word-smithy kind of way. You paid attention to that wonderful teacher...hooray!

  3. I wish I had experience with a teacher like that. Your post makes me think of Patrician MacLachlan 's books, BABY and WORD AFTER WORD AFTER WORD. Of course, I also think of Peter Johnston 's books on CHOICE WORDS and OPENING MINDS. Powerful.