Words We Need

There are a lot of words being spoken and written these days. At times it is difficult to turn some of that noise off.

In between those words, there are whole languages that are disappearing. There are 7,000 languages spoken around the world. Languages with words that convey hopes and dreams, love and beauty, fear and anger to one another. Language. The power of words.

I encourage you to read this beautiful article :The Last Word: Protecting Our Vanishing Languages

“Imagine knowing that within a few decades,
every beautiful turn of a phrase,
every poem that stirs your heart will be
unintelligible noise
to everyone on Earth.”
~ from the article

Here are some inspiring words from some shrinking, forgotten, slowly dying languages that might be of benefit to us, especially those so very concerned about our country and world right now.

What word speaks to you?

Hózhó from the Navajo language. “Striving for balance in life, towards oneself, others and the earth.”

Wantok from the Tok Pisin language, Papua New Guinea. ” The community where I find belonging: we speak the same language and are responsible for each other.”

Woohitike from the Lakota, North and South Dakota, US. “The brave and courageous spirit that lies in every person.”

Piliriqatigiinniq Inuktitut, Canada. “Togetherness, community spirit. Working together for the common good.”

 Fago Ifaluk, Ifaluk Island, Pacific Ocean. “A combination of sorrow and the optimism to be found in human compassion”

honoring-you-namasteWhat are the words we need to think about using now? Today. To heal. To support and uplift. To express compassion. To encourage empathy. To commit to respect, inclusion, acceptance. To temper greed and power. To foster possibility and hope. To strive for knowledge, demand information and fact. To allow for any one of us to be Christian or Muslim, gay or straight, Black or white. To remember….we are all human beings on one fragile earth.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
~
Mahatma Gandhi

Discover more inspiring words here : Inspiring Words

Check out recent readings: This Week

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