As writers, we measure equity in words. Some of us capture scenes over long and flowing pages. Others use pointed sentences with as few words as possible. We spend years searching for the right way to get the image across, over this divine psychic transaction that occurs when we put our thoughts on paper and transmit them to you, our readers.
Listen to a conversation and you’ll learn from the words used. Is one side trying to gain approval or power? Sit next to a first date and a couple married for forty years and you will be able to hear the difference.
Go to the playground and listen to the parents that are engaged and playing, compare them to the miserable others and, even worse, the silence from the parents on their cell phones while their kids do whatever they want.
Words are powerful. All it takes is a smell, sight, snippet of conversation and we can recall something that was said to us years ago, for better or worse.
As you enjoy your weekend, think about what you are saying. How can you build someone up today? Who needs to hear that you love them? What child needs to see your smile and hear some laughter?
Do what you can to make it happen.