|Most Dangerous Drug
October 24, 2012
“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” -Rudyard Kipling
Humor and love are the antidote! With words that occasionally fall into misinterpretation, or maybe not, when they leave the mouth without a sense of light humor and love from the heart, the recipient will suffer the world of – it’s ‘just words’!
Back in NYC, I had a brief flirtation with a budding fashion designer from Paris. She spoke and understood english ‘somewhat’. It was amusing whenever her fiery side blurted out english words that were the misused ones to speak, and I knowing really what she was trying to say, used a little humor in feigning to not understand as she would become more frustrated, and then we’d just laugh and hug.
Words can be more powerful than swords or good deeds. Whether ‘syrupy’ or ‘head banging’, words rule! Words can be hypnotic so as to drive one into hallucinations as to what’s real, and what is merely totally out of context from the original meaning. A word today may mean something else tomorrow, or to the ‘word giver and recipient’, especially without some compassion, and perhaps a little humor if received negatively and differently than intended. Words from the heart are meant to convey thoughts and feelings not needing examination.
Now that we frequently exchange words on the internet, they usually lose the full impact of their intent even to someone known at the receiving end. On written chat groups, it falls into the worst of possibilities for dialogue as we can have little or no idea who we are talking to. The sender can make judgmental words that are very hurting which leave the receiver in a quandary as to whether any words are useful to correct the negative words sent.
Skillful use of words intended to convey only positive messages, even if turning around received negative words, is an art of dialog. Being open beyond what you ‘believe’ is good word-shipping as an effort to extinguish judgmental words. Use discernment of who you are speaking to, and what their life up to this point is amenable to in ‘word handling’. Know the absence of ‘words’ can be as damaging as the ‘wrong’ words. Focus on compassion and learning the art of using words that embellish all situations rather than extinguish what could have been a meaningful dialog. Make words an extension of love and meditation energy! Communicate from the heart!