If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

A Path of Words


My father was an English major. My mother, speech and drama. Our house was full of words. It’s how we connected…and how we controlled.

There were many snarky, cynical, caustic, flippant words. I learned them well…and used them freely.

Surrounded by these words, it took a rude awakening–the suicide of my only child–to recognize such an environment.

In the darkness, every snarky, cynical, caustic, flippant word made its appearance in my thoughts and journals and in the world around me. Such shame. Such mindless babble.

Breathe, Laura. Pay attention. Meditate on these words of Buddha…

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.


Comments on: "A Path of Words" (17)

  1. Breathing here, and also with you, loved one!

  2. So true… words can do miracles 🙂

  3. Words are indeed so powerful and should I believe always be chosen with care. We may not hear negative overtones when we speak but the listener will always hear them.

  4. I hear every word you say here. Thanks for what you convey behind the words!

  5. Words, once spoken, can never be retracted.

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  7. A profound truth, very well written…thank you!

  8. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Very good! This is something that is often treated lightly in our culture – we just open our mouths and “let it rip!”
    Thank you!

  10. Thank you for this powerful piece. I just added it to my Related Articles for my post “Sacred Language – The Power of Our Words” which I will publish Monday morning. You paid too high a price perhaps to learn this lesson. However, we have all learned with you through your vulnerable sharing. Blessings, Alia

  11. The discipline of being kind and constructive is often forgotten in a flurry of emotion or the pride of clever words. We seem to have a mirror world where the easy weakness of aggression is seen as strength, whilst peace is viewed as a cop out. Strange things, humans.

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  13. So sadly beautiful, this post.

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