“Just Words”

They say it’s “just words” and that they mean nothing. They say sticks and stones break bones… you know how the saying goes. But how about sticks and stones might break my bones but words will wear me down and damage me mentally, socially, emotionally. The list goes on. It goes without saying that we do underestimate the power of words.

Just think, Adolf Hitler used them to fuel hate in the Nazis whilst Martin Luther used his words to inspire black and white people to unite as one.

The same words that can be crafted into a dark but beautiful lie can also be used to deliver cold harsh truths. The same words that can build up a persons’ confidence and place them on a pedestal mean nothing to the one word that can take them straight off it and have them crashing down to the ground. The same words that decide one family can’t afford the cost of living, sign a person to massive amounts of wealth in a controversial manner. As they say, the pen is mightier than the sword.

When we open our mouths and utter words they leave much more of a mark than sticks and stones can do, however, the scars left aren’t always automatically visible to the eye. It isn’t always the physical damage that hurts us the most and this seems to be a taboo issue these days. If somebody fakes a smile, then they’re seen as “okay” in the eyes of society. But behind that smile could lie a permanent frown created by the words of another person. But, they say it’s “just words”



A Good Hand

We’re all dealt a hand of cards. In this game we play we don’t always know the role of each of the cards we receive. We don’t know which cards have been dealt to the other players, in fact we don’t even know the game in which we are playing. All we do know is that we have been dealt a card of hands and we must use them wisely.

Some of us receive a good hand, some of us aren’t as fortunate. But in this it is not about the cards you’re dealt it is about how you use them. The best of us can make the best situations out of the worst hands. The worst of us can be dealt the best hand and do nothing with them. It’s all about how you play the game.

Sometimes it’s necessary to be cunning – to make out as though we have a good hand when in reality we don’t. This a common trick. A common trick which usually involves deception, deceit and drama. Sometimes it’s necessary to bluff. To make out as though we have a bad hand even though we were graced with a perfect one.

It’s all fun and games until somebody calls our bluff and the pyramid of cards comes crashing down. When this happens, who are the real winners, those who deceived others into thinking they had a different hand, or those who stayed honest and won the game?

As the saying goes, it’s all about the cards you’re dealt.