Things We Hear and See: Words

Yesterday afternoon, just before I was scheduled to perform for a Black History concert, my drummer asked how I was doing.  My knee-jerk response was, “I’m trying to make it through the rest of the day”.  I quickly realized how negative my response was, and asked the band to please excuse that statement and affirmatively replaced it with, “Today is a great day!”  We all had a good laugh about it before the concert started.

Truth is, our words are extremely powerful.  Negative statements – even those made in jest, should have no place in our daily lives.  Phrases such as, “this toothache is killing me”, or “she makes me sick” although common, carry no related value toward our well-being.

James Brown dared us to “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” and thus gave voice to a movement.  And who didn’t believe Muhammad Ali when he declared, “I am the greatest!”  John Lennon asked society to picture a better world for all of us with a single word: Imagine.

Remember, what we say matters.  Every complaint, every compliment, every vow.  Our words have the power to heal and give life.

We say and hear words all the time-bitterness, despair, bills, sickness, loneliness.  But like pressing the delete button on a computer, words can be replaced.  Despite what you hear or say, it can only get better from here.

Repeat these words:  Today is a great day.


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