As a blogger, I’ve always been aware that words hold their own unique form of power.
They can be used to up lift or destroy, to unite or divide, to enlighten or vilify anyone and everyone whose life experiences, customs, cultures of ways of being in this world may be different from our own.
Yet even knowing this, it has taken a long time to fully understand that words reach their most potent potential when, like us, they find that fine balance between no longer shouting to be heard or whispering too tentatively the simplest of truths.
It is only when words reach this level of softness that they stop being merely the dots and dashes of written language and instead begin transforming their symbolic meanings into the translatable, transferable and palpably understandable revelations, that carry along with them so much more than the literal representations of a reality so different from our own.
These are the words that sing to us so softly that we may not even notice their tunes until we find ourselves humming them.
For it is only after having read them, that we find our views have become somehow shifted.
Our thoughts dismantled and pieced back together in such a way that even we ourselves may initially be at a loss as to understand why or how we should find our perspectives so changed.
These are the words that don’t plant seeds but rather reveal to us the existence of somebody else’s garden.
A garden to which perhaps we were previously blind, yet now suddenly find that, not only can we see it, but that we can also begin to walk through it, if only in our minds.
These are the words that show us, without once ever telling us, what a character in a novel looks like within our minds eye.
These are the words that create the voices we hear, without ever once actually hearing them, when we read.
These are the words that reach us, without once ever leaving the printed page.
These are the soft powers of words that as bloggers we try to embrace in order to communicate our lives, experiences and ways of being.
So to all who embrace and appreciate the soft power of words, long may they sing your songs and in so doing, bring back to you the songs of others.