I admit it; I can be a smartass. I didn’t plan on becoming one, it just happened. It’s like an internal force is guiding me to open my mouth right then and there, and there is nothing I can do about it.
I don’t have a filter between brain and mouth. I have a thought, and it’s on my tongue at the same time.
But, I am a funny smartass. I don’t open my mouth to hurt people. I don’t have to be rude to get my point across. My goal is to make people think, and it’s so much easier to think when you feel good.
Words and language are the ultimate weapons. The right words can unite us, while wrong words can tear us apart. Wars have been started over verbal threats and offenses; peace has been made with a handshake and a promise.
Being a smartass doesn’t mean I have to be cruel. I don’t have to belittle people to feel good about myself; I don’t have to offend people or call them names. I know how to use language the right way.
We think in pictures, and words create images in our minds based on our understanding and interpretation of their meaning. I see funny pictures, and I see lots of beauty. Using language is an art, using the right words at the right time is something we all can learn -should learn.
What we hear, what we read, how we speak and how we write -nothing shapes us and moves us more, nothing enriches us more. Thousands of years of speaking, loaded with errors and prejudices of our ancestors, inspired by their dreams, visions, and ideas. What a beautiful heritage it is!
The power of language is apparent. Some words are sacred; others carry our hopes and our fears, our wishes and prayers and our consolation.
The way we use language has changed during the last decade. Now we say what we think, and we don’t hold back, often while hiding behind a screen. It seems to be so much easier to say what we think if we don’t have to look into people’s eyes.
We type and text fast; we share everything in lightning speed online. Social media pages are often abused to bully people. Short and sharp twitter messages let us focus on the main message, and most of it is not good.
Personal insults are on the rise, even public figures have no problem to use foul language openly. Many of them don’t know it any better, others just follow blindly and walk down the wrong path without thinking.
Words, so many words misused, so much potential wasted. It saddens me.
It’s not just clothes that make the man!