Take what you need – the power of words

Yesterday my husband and I spent the afternoon walking around Portsmouth NH. It’s a fantastic, artsy, hippie, freethinking kind of town that is always filled with surprises (and great craft beers.) The sun was shining, there was a gentle ocean breeze, it was a perfect afternoon.

On a pole, we found this flyer:


From it I took this:


Which will be accompanying me when my son and I go on a 200 mile Border-to-Border New Hampshire walk in a few weeks. Strength. I don’t know if I’ll need it, but it will be nice to know that it’s there if I do. Just having strength in my pocket makes me feel stronger. It’s like my secret power.

As writers, we must never, never, never, doubt the impact that a few carefully chosen words can make on others. Words can destroy, but they can also bring hope and comfort.

It is your job when you write to use your words responsibly.  Always remember that.


Here is a picture of a full flyer. May I suggest that you share a few where you live? And then you too, will be able to see the incredible power of words.

take what you need


Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

13 thoughts on “Take what you need – the power of words

  1. “Words can destroy, but they can also bring hope and comfort.”
    This one sentence carefully written by you, said all that can be said to explain the power of words.
    Nice idea about the “take what you need”. I have it ready to be posted at three places, and yes one for my room too, to take what I need for the day, everyday.
    Mahenoor S

  2. Thanks Wendy for your word-smithing and philosophical productions that may ensue from our use of the word, The power of the word counts meaningfully or dramatically in all cultures,A Yoruba name of someone who helped me with my first GSM sim card is called Oropo meaning a word is heavy laden,How much more when an artistic typesetter or creative designer put up a flyer and asks for one thing from any of what s notably on the lips of faithfuls anywhere in the world, just today I was wondering how a Multiparous lady will treasure her sack in a fairly crowded public bus,She quickly retorted me that the bag is empty and instantly collapsed it to show nothing except air was inside ,In a jovial mood I then posed further that in a bail out economy where workers are not paid what if it was a sack cash – Naira or dollar what will she use it for ? She will prioritize her children s education in an effective school if such largess or booty come her way, Another scenario- what if a mufti billionaire Visits your local Club $500,000:00(Half a billion )leader asked everybody to list in ascending order of urgency what infrastructure they consider most appropriate to instal for better productivity and job creation of teeming youths and adults who have graduated and are jobless couple of years back?

    What will you prioritize to attract the grant of the philanthropist? Attitude and how words are said and purpose invested I. Whatever we request from mortal men and transcendental Brings also matter, Believers oft revel in the fruits of the spirit by walking the word while others like freethinkers opt for boundless or selective gregariousness to achieve happiness or make others better, ‘I love you’ will surely titillate the spirit of a spouse than saying fake praises you re beautiful, You re a promising guy You will spring surprise Thanks for your kindness will make a delight to someone so has helped In the words of Maya Angelou- who will expect poetic words less than A lady with strong hops and fantastic dentition? words matter,words can predict what will follow Isn’t it the it’d that makes up our language isn’t it the arrogance of the language that annulled the Tower of Babel from being built?

    Gbemisoye Tijani Ibadan 14/7/16,833pm

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Wonderful article. Its so inspiring and especially the advice about using the words carefully. Being a survivor of long term depression, I know the importance of words. Words can make us or break us. Words carry such strong vibrations. Strong negative words can make us sick and positive words can heal us.Thank you very much. Many Blessings of Love and Light from me 🙂

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