Our words matter…

As this political season has taught us, the feelings that words evoke are contagious. They can uplift and unite us or create hatred and division.

Likewise, particular words have a unique emotional resonance to each of us because of the meaning they possess in our life experience.

Here a few words that have such resonance for me:

Empower, as in enabling others by delegating authority and responsibility

Voice, as in “expressing our uniqueness” or enabling others to express their uniqueness (see “empower”)

Conversation, as in thinking deeply with others about important topics with an openness to learning

Learn, as in changing what we belief, understand, and/or do

Teach, as in promoting the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth and well being of others

Witness, as in “bearing witness to” the life circumstances of others.

What words most resonate with you?

6 Responses to “Our words matter…”


  1. 1 Ann November 30, 2016 at 6:49 am

    LOVE–because it is both what I need and want to give.

  2. 3 Laura Cooper December 1, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I especially appreciate the addition of “witness” as it acknowledges the critical role teachers and leaders play in speaking for others when they can’t, being an ally. It’s often used in a more religious context–and that’s appropriate for the moral responsibilities that leaders have. Thank you.

    • 4 Dennis Sparks December 2, 2016 at 5:51 am

      And I especially appreciate, Laura, that you extended the notion of “witnessing” to include “the critical role teachers and leaders play in speaking for others when they can’t, being an ally.”

  3. 5 Wanda Dean December 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Facilitate – because it implies working and learning together


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