Change your words, change your world

by Starla J. King on April 27, 2011

“I wrote the same… but in different words.”

I was already completely engrossed in this short (< 2 min) video my friend/colleague Lynn posted on Facebook, but when one character said those words, “I wrote the same… but in different words,” I almost plotzed.  My company purpose, right there, played out on video, accompanied by piano music (my favorite)!   

But this isn’t really about me.  Here, watch the video, then we’ll talk:

It got to you, didn’t it?  A sweet sharp stab of empathy and sadness and rejoicing and compassion and “OH WOW!”  right?

That is the power of words.  They impact.  They spark actions…and reactions.  And when you use different words, the impact, actions, and reactions change.  Then take it one step further, and change the way you use the different words, and change happens yet again.

Consider for a moment the OutWrite Living tagline, “a different way with words.”   It’s about using different words and using words differently… for specific projects and the rest of life. 

It’s about intentional selection of what we say and how we say it. 

It’s about engaging the heart as much as the intellect. 

It’s about using your words for healing, not destruction.  For truth, not lies.  For love, not hate (or anything inbetween).

One word, one phrase, one intention can make all the difference. 

Change your words, change your world.  Today.

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Michele April 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Wow, is right! What a brilliant video on the power of words to change the world…love it. Though I try to do this in my writing (and in what I say verbally too), seeing this video inspires me to try even more. Thanks for sharing it Starla and your lovely words.

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Starla J. King April 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

I thought that would resonate with you, Michele! I have always appreciated the way you use your words, and am so glad you’ve chosen to build a business around that!

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Mary Green April 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

The impact of words was made very real to me this week when my 7 year old grandson said to me, “I heard that God made Jesus so he could die.” Momentarily speechless I finally said that the Bible teaches that God loved the world so much he gave his son to save everyone who believes. Grandson said, “So it’s true! That just doesn’t seem right.” I clearly am in need of better words.

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Starla J. King April 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Mary, I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry! Maybe both???

Actually, I’d say you had the perfect words — you’ve given Grandson the gift of questions and creating his own understanding and his own beliefs.

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AreWeOk April 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

This made me cry. I will always remember this video and your post. Thank you. Very very powerful.

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Starla J. King April 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

AreWeOk, thank you for the gift of your response! I too continue to be moved by the video, and remember it many times during the day.

Spread the word, make a difference, dear.

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Katelyn King May 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

oh YET AGAIN you have done it!! This is oh-so-true, and so timely that I’m reading it right before giving a presentation in church and am in the process of deciding what to say. Thank you for posting this!

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Starla J. King May 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

KATIE! how very very perfect that you read this before the church presentation — I’m trusting it went well, given your talents.

Here’s to words and their incredible power of impact! love you.

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