Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Power of Words

We all want to see beauty....



23 comments:

steven said...

what a gift!!! steven

Teresa Evangeline said...

Oh good, Dan, now I'm crying and it's not even 7:00 in the morning. :) Thank You, Very Much.

BTW: I read some of your previous posts recently and see that you posted Naomi Shahib Nye's poem, "Kindness," some time back. Isn't that a great poem?

Dan Gurney said...

steven, yes. our words can mean so much. they can be gifts, as yours are.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Teresa Evangeline, sorry about the tears! Yes that poem by Naomi Shahib Nye is among my favorite poems. Hey congratulations on your new puppy!

Tracy said...

how ironic that it all comes down to seeing a world where the gelatinous balls we call eyes have so little to do with real vision

neighbor said...

I was already sniffly at 30 seconds in...

yes, I know it's an advertisement, but it's still moving.

Dan Gurney said...

Tracy, yes, it would seem our heart's vision is keener and more discerning than even our optical vision, at least in the important realm of emotions.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, neighbor, I think it's some sort of public service announcement? I'm not sure, but as you say, it kind of tugs at the heart strings. We respond to kindness....

Jo said...

Beautiful, Dan. Thank you for sharing this simple yet profound message. ♥

Dan Gurney said...

Jo, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Yes, Steven, captures my feelings: this is a gift. And how appropriate for poetry month, when we, the gifted, celebrate the power of words to help us see and feel the beauty of our days.

George said...

Thanks so much, Dan, for these posting on the power of words. Very, very moving. For several weeks, I been absent from the blogging world. It's nice to return to such inspiration!

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Lorenzo. I hadn't thought about how appropriate this is for poetry month. The words she wrote on the sign act as an indicator of the added impact a poetic approach to a simple message can have.

Dan Gurney said...

George, it's great to have you back! I look forward to hearing from you as you make your return. Your posts are real treats.

Sabio Lantz said...

Wow !

Sabio Lantz said...

I just had my whole family watch the video and choke up together. Then my 9-year-old daughter asked, "Is that real?"
What would you have answered her?

Dan Gurney said...

I would ask her what does she mean, "Is that real?" The point of the video is real. The importance of the words we use is real. It is true that different words will produce different results. All that is real.

Did the people who made the video use actors to convey these real ideas? I think so. Perhaps the man in the video is really blind. I don't know...

So yes, mostly real.

Sabio Lantz said...

It shows a difference of temperament. I asked,

"Do you think that kind of filming could have taken place if it was an actual event [the intent of her question]?"

"Do you think people would suddenly start throwing money like that?"

Then she said, "I thought they made it up."

Then I asked, did you like the story they made up?

"Yes, it was touching"

That way I didn't have to fuddle with the intent of her question and the meaning of "real".

But then, my kids never bought into Santa, Tooth Fairy and other stuff -- natural skeptics, I guess. But like all good skeptics, they can still be deeply touched even when tasting reality raw.

:-)

Paul C said...

'Change your words; change your world.' Yes, the power of words have such subtle and direct power. It's worth thinking about how we put them together to create positive change. Thanks.

Eesti said...

Your blog is outrageous! I mean, I’ve never been so entertained by anything in my life! Your ideas are perfect for this. I mean, how did you manage to find something that matches your style of writing so well? I’m really happy I started reading this today. You’ve got a follower in me for sure!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul, just as you say, words have subtle power. Particularly healing words can act like a lifetime balm; particularly hurtful words can damage us for a long, long time. Care is worth giving to each utterance, each message typed into the ether. The third step on the eightfold path is wise speech. I think that choice was quite deliberate and well considered by the Buddha.





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Dan Gurney said...

Eesti, I am very glad you've enjoyed my blog. I hope to continue finding things worth sharing from time to time. Welcome to MH.

Margaret Pangert said...

Change the context; change the perception. Lovely allegory.