In the heat of a meltdown, tantrum, or overwhelm, three words that mommas everywhere have said to their whining toddler, “use your words.”
Words carry meaning, express emotion, convey a message.
We teach our children from the time they are little to “use your words.”
Then school comes along, and they learn how to put their words into writing.
To tell a story, share an opinion, sell an idea.
Now, I am not a good writer or even a gifted writer.
In fact, writing is a laborious process for me.
It can take me days to craft a paragraph that conveys the message in my head or heart.
All I know is like most things in life, consistency trumps talent.
If you want to get better at writing, well then, write.
One of the things I have observed, especially in the last few years, is that people no longer “use their words” but copy and paste others.
And while there is a time and a place to quote others and use their words (with permission), I encourage you to USE YOUR WORDS.
Your words add value to others and your unique perspective to the conversation of life.
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