Words Are Hyperlinks To The Soul
“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”
— Roald Dahl
How many times have you blurted something out only to regret it .06 milliseconds after saying it? I’m pretty sure most of you.
The other day, while having lunch with some friends, I let something slip out that instantaneously killed the vibe of our lunch. It was one of those moments I wished time travel was as easy as requesting an Uber.
What I said hurt one of my friends at the table. What’s worse is that I can’t even say that it wasn’t my intention because frankly, I don’t know what my intention was. It sorta just…came out.
Thankfully, after a sad display of back-peddling, I cleared things up and we made amends. But still, I hurt someone with my words. Deeply. Someone I care about. Someone I consider a really good friend. And it wasn’t so much what I said that wounded them, it was the fact that my words revealed something I’d bottled up on the inside that pierced the inside of them.
We’ve heard it before, words can start wars and end wars and topple empires and so on and so forth. But words are more than their immediate external, aural effect. They don’t just arise out of a vacuum. They’re peepholes into the contents of our soul.
A glimpse of the internal micro-culture of our emotional, social, and spiritual framework.
To put it in technical terms, words are like hyperlinks into someone’s About Page. They reveal who we are, where we’ve been, what we’re hiding, how we feel about someone, how we interpret the material and immaterial, etc.
What we say gives people a peek behind the veil of our true self. However dark or luminous it may be.
Knowing this, it would be easy for us to simply say, “I just need to choose my words wisely”, but…this does nothing to correct the source of our stray words.
Here’s the thing — instead of allowing our soul to be inundated with dozens of adversarial emotions, we should sit down over a cup of coffee with the person who did us wrong or look in the mirror and forgive ourselves or call up the friend we're holding something against and let them know how you feel.
I think this is a far more healthier and effective way of dealing with our human conflicts. Plus, we won’t need to look around for a time machine.
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