“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”
— Maya Angelou
A word on paper is only as meaningful as the reader lets it be.
For a written word to have meaning, a reader must feel differently, think differently, or act differently.
That means it only takes one reader to read these words and give them meaning.
I’ve written a lot about giving time in the past 400 days, but none of them have any meaning unless someone, somewhere reads the words and makes a difference.
Just like the words on paper I wrote today to a soldier, a student, and a grieving family. If my words don’t help them in some small way then there wasn’t any meaning.
Yet, I probably won’t ever know if the words in those letters have any meaning. Should I then stop just because no one is telling me that my words have an impact?
No. Because even if yesterday’s words are forgotten, tomorrow’s words might change a life.
You give meaning to the words I write here tonight. It’s up to you to make a difference.
Wrote a letter to my “adopted” soldier … Mailed a postcard to a friend … Sent a condolences card, and a contribution to the scholarship fund, to the family of my former principal whom I greatly admired.
“Yesterday’s words are forgotten”, but the atmsphere they create and the actions they produce impact the now and the tomorrows. Thank you for this blog. The thoughts and actions behind your words matter to me.
Thank you, Lisa. Yes, you’re right. Yesterday’s words create the atmosphere of today.