“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Every word you say, think, or write matters, and you may not even know it. While words are used to communicate with others, their more important function is to communicate yourself to others. Words are not just a tool to interact with the world, but more importantly to delve into the world. Words are not just the way to discuss ideas, but the way to discuss your ideas. However, words are not just a way to interact with the world, but how you discover and find yourself.
What you have to say matters, but before you say it, makes sure it matters to you. Too many people try to be something they cannot be and use words to continue the façade. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night to the day, thou canst not be false to any man.” Find who you truly are and plant your feet. While some rigidity should be created about the things that are absolutely important, you should not be so rigid that change is impossible. Change is not the ignoring of yourself, but the perfecting. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
Words are one of the best ways to discover yourself, and that which is most important to you. “The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” Ignorance is not something to desire, especially with regards to self-knowledge. While not everything is important enough to take a stand for, you should have something you will stand for no matter what happens.
“Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.” Words are not empty, fantastical creations that allow you to escape reality, but rather allow you to shape your interactions with reality. Words can change the world, and they change reality. Ideas spread and change the people they touch. No one sees the world in exactly the same way as another, but by communicating you can influence and change an imperfect world.
You are not perfect, I am not perfect, and no one deserves to be treated as perfect. Everyone fails, fails often, and sometimes fails spectacularly. No one wants to fail, therefore we stick with what we know, never branching out beyond what we find comfortable and easy. “A head full of fears has no space for dreams.” Words allow you to challenge the failure, to beat it back until you no longer fear it. The greatest foil to fear is knowledge, and words are the best way to do it. Words strengthen and solidify what we know and believe, but also allow us to tap into something more. “If you know the enemy, and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
We all have the power to change the world inside of us, but we fear what we can do with this power. So start small; do something with your words that scares you everyday, whether it is writing about something you love, having a good conversation about a new idea, or finding a way to express something about yourself. “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” Do not grow complacent with the world; you are where you are because someone took the time to help. Be that person to someone else. Recognize that your words are always your own and no matter what the world may say, they matter.
Words may not be magic, but they sure act like it. Use your magic wisely, for it can affect more than you know, including yourself.