The Power of Words

The Impossible- The Power of Words Series

    Words are a funny thing. No matter how effortlessly they fly off the tongue, their weight is undeniable; if not for the speaker, then for the listener and if not in the present, then in the future. At their best they become a catalyst from which we set great things in motion. At their worst the able-bodied become crippled. I was not going to become crippled. Not willingly. In spring of 2003 I was fortunate to become a patient of a top neurologist in the country. Unfortunately, I was only sixteen. My list of priorities … [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words

Words can Sting

    I think everyone can look back in their life and remember something that someone said that HURT. I would also venture to say that most of us could remember something from junior high school that fits that bill. Junior high was one of the hardest times of my life in growing up. While I was not literally beat up, I was definitely figuratively beat up by a few mean girls. And, I can honestly tell you that I am thankful for those difficult experiences. Around that time period, one girl even spray-painted on our community’s … [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words

Passing Judgement- The Power of Words Series

Hi, I'm Briton from Rad Mom Cool Kid, a lifestyle blog where I share a little bit of everything! Travel tips, photography, recipes, beauty...if you dumped out Mary Poppins' bag, that would be my blog! I'm excited to share an experience with you today, one that still stings a little but I'm glad to have experienced.   9 years ago I found out I had stage 2 malignant melanoma. For those not familiar, melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. That's the bad news. The good news is if you catch it early, you have a pretty high chance of … [Continue Reading...]

Depression

Refuse to Sink- Our Sacred

    I saw this quote the other day on a post my cousin Gina wrote on her blog Birth Mother Baskets. For some reason it spoke not quietly to my heart, but shouted to the deepest part of it. I'd like to share why those words had a power over me and awakened my weary heart. In this moment I am trusting you with my sacred and I am hoping you will treat it as such.   I battle depression. In my experience with talking about depression I have seen a few different view points. Some say that depression is all in your head, it … [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words and how it Changed my Life

I've come to an important realization. I am utterly clueless about music these days. I submit the following facts as evidence: -  I don't own an iPod or any kind of a decent music system -  I probably have less than 20 songs on my phone and I listen to them like once a week. -  I listen to music less than anyone I know.  Rarely in the car or around the house, and at work I listen to the same handful of CD's over and over.  In the car, I mostly listen to comedy routines, books on CD, or just nothing. -  I'm pretty good on oldies, but … [Continue Reading...]

Frozen by Words- The Power of Words Series

 As I watched the move "Frozen", I couldn't help but make some comparisons between Elsa and my own experience. As the movie opens, you see Elsa happily playing with her younger sister. An accident happens and Elsa is forced to abandon who she is and conceal her true nature. In the song sequence of "Let it Go", Elsa talks about the storm raging and she repeats what she was told growing up, "Don't let them in, Don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know." As a small child, I was … [Continue Reading...]

If I had a Magic Wand- The Power of Words Series

I sit, motionless, still reeling from the words I had just heard. The words ache in my ears. The tears don’t come just yet, but they are beginning to burn fiercely as they well up. Then, like a flood gate they flow, almost unending for days on end… The words, you ask? Confirmation. Science in its boldest form. Trisomy 21. Three copies of the 21st chromosome. DOWN SYNDROME. There they were again…this time in print, so I could torture myself by reading them over and over and over. I had been holding on to hope for nearly two … [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words

A Science Experiment with the Power of Words

We’ve all heard about the power of words, right?  Well, last year I decided to put it to the test. Because there’s no real way to measure the effect of our words on another human being (and because I would NEVER be willing to speak negatively to another person for experimentation’s sake) I set out to test the theory on a pair of plants. Here’s how it all came down:   I placed two identical plants in the same window sill, and gave them the same amount of water at the same time each day. I even rotated the plants, just to be sure … [Continue Reading...]

Stop the abuse

STOP the ABUSE- My Messy Beautiful

For a long time I was convinced that God sent me here broken and messy. I just thought it was my cross to carry, my burden to bear.  As time went on the more angry I became with the mess that was me.  Angry that I was different. Angry that life was hard. Angry that I didn't understand why I was the way I was.  Angry that there was a voice in my head that never left me alone. A voice that belittled, controlled, and beat me up. A voice that destroyed me; until one day I woke up and had no idea who I was or where I had gone. The battle wounds were … [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words

The Power of Words- An Experiment

This month we are focusing on the POWER of Words and how they can echo throughout time, for either positive or negative. I LOVED this little video put together by some boys for the girls in their youth group. WORDS are POWER- Use your power for good. xoxo … [Continue Reading...]