Guest Post by Jessica Fyles
[Note: A version of this post originally appeared on Jessica's Tumblr page.]
I believe that words have power. They have the power to create and perpetuate either good or evil. I want to be part of the movement to return civility to our national and political conversation. I want to show that there is another, positive means to the end. Using negative and hurtful language might be a convenient way to prove a point or win an election, but at what cost? The consequences are intangible, but not irreversible. We can immediately change course by being more respectful, positive and careful in our language. That is the beauty of the power of words.
This is why I am actively pursuing a new career in Public Relations and Communications. It is my passion to make a positive impact and help others through the use of communication.
I was taught the power of words at a young age by my Grandma Fyles who always said you can always attract more flies with honey. Throughout my life and during my professional career, I have learned that it is always better to be positive, constructive and honest in my communication. As a result, I became a successful people manager and leader. I have a proven record of effectively driving change in my former organization. I am proud of what I was able to accomplish in a team-oriented, matrixed work environment. In my personal life, I am a trusted daughter, sister, girlfriend and friend.
Words contain positive or negative energy. That energy stays in this world once those words are spoken. Think about the current state of affairs in society today. Depressing, right? Now think about the words we hear and read everyday. What kinds of words are used? What is the tone of the language? Hateful, insulting, and vulgar language is ever present and accepted in our discourse these days.
Using more respectful and positive language is not the answer to solving all of the world’s problems, but it is a start. Maybe more people would vote and participate in the political process if campaigns were less focused on personal attacks and more so on how to uplift our nation.
What about the words you use? Are they positive or negative in nature? Are positive or negative things happening in your life? There is absolutely a connection between the two. Try giving more compliments or expressing disagreement in a respectful way. Observe what happens in your life and relationships. You may be pleasantly surprised at how your world changes, for the better.