Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

It is an absolutely perfect day. The sun is shining and warm breezes gently cross our path. The sweet sound of chirping birds fillsrepparttar air andrepparttar 129584 gentle lapping water onrepparttar 129585 lake adds torepparttar 129586 total "perfect" picture.

But there are a few clouds that are determined to continue coming andrepparttar 129587 closer they getrepparttar 129588 more ominous they appear. The warm breezes turn into chilling wind andrepparttar 129589 birds have turned silent. The water now swirls andrepparttar 129590 sun has been obliterated by these menacing clouds.

We take shelter and decide to enjoy a hot cup of tea or perhaps coffee. We build a fire inrepparttar 129591 fireplace and pick up that novel we always wanted to read. A warm coverlet covers our legs and we snuggle into a soft, leather chair. We will weather outrepparttar 129592 storm and wait for it to pass.The windows are pelted with rain andrepparttar 129593 sound of thunder shakes our little cottage. Somehow we have relaxed torepparttar 129594 point that we have fallen asleep.

We awake to total quiet. The fire has died andrepparttar 129595 sun is fillingrepparttar 129596 room, streaming throughrepparttar 129597 windows. We jump up and throw openrepparttar 129598 door. And there it is - repparttar 129599 most beautiful rainbow that you could imagine. The colors are vivid and range from pinks, purples, and blues to green, yellow, and hues we can't even put a name to. The air is sweet withrepparttar 129600 smell of fresh rain andrepparttar 129601 birds are again fillingrepparttar 129602 air with sound. Everything is calm and breathtaking in its beauty. We are enthralled byrepparttar 129603 rainbow and can't take our eyes off of it. It arcs overrepparttar 129604 lake and we dream about that pot of gold atrepparttar 129605 end of it. We are glad to be alive and feel stronger for having weatheredrepparttar 129606 storm. We feel more confident, somehow, as well as more appreciative for allrepparttar 129607 storms in our lives that bringrepparttar 129608 rainbows.


Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

Everyone uses them, but not everyone knows how. We all take them for granted, yet many would give their very lives just to have them. These intangible offerings can work miracles, healrepparttar wounded, and set hearts afire. They can also destroy, mutilate, and wreak havoc that no one can undue.

What can have such power over people and situations, yet cannot be totally controlled or contained? WORDS -

Words are atrepparttar 129583 disposable of anyone who wishes to use them. There are no restrictions, guidelines, or penalties for misuse, no stated rules or punishments for wrongful use. They are tiny and one-syllable long or they can be complicated and unknown to many. Words are so powerful that people fear them, while others long to hear them.

A writer uses words asrepparttar 129584 tools of his trade. With careful manipulation, they can delight readers with stories, anecdotes, and passages that will transgress time. If not used correctly, they will give misinformation, misdirection, and confusion. Vocabulary can hasten a heartbeat or cause it to halt and die. They bring smiles to children, thrills to lovers, and soothe a fevered brow. Without effort, they can cut right torepparttar 129585 heart, invaderepparttar 129586 soul, andrepparttar 129587 mind, linger, cause pain, and sometimes destroy a person fromrepparttar 129588 inside.

Words should never be taken lightly. Children use gibberish to testrepparttar 129589 water of language. As they get older, they begin to senserepparttar 129590 power they hold in a simple “No.” Older children will begin to use them to get what they want or manipulate others to a certain conclusion. Adults use them constantly, yet many do not takerepparttar 129591 responsibility for what they do. Generations make note of them and destiny quotes them.

Speech is one ofrepparttar 129592 finer points of being human. It is what separates us fromrepparttar 129593 animal world. Yet many of us would benefit by being speechless and at a loss for words in certain situations. Words are a marvelous way to touch someone else, share knowledge, lift spirits, turn lives around, and makerepparttar 129594 world a better place to live. If used withrepparttar 129595 responsibility they deserve and demand, our own lives and those of everyone else can be enriched and empowered. There is always a downside. If spoken carelessly,repparttar 129596 impact they create may never be evident atrepparttar 129597 moment they are used. But that isrepparttar 129598 power they are endowed with. Maybe notrepparttar 129599 same day, same month, or evenrepparttar 129600 same year, words will come back in delightful memories or rekindle pain and hurt. Once spoken, they cannot be made to disappear. They are there inrepparttar 129601 world and you have given up all claim to them. If they are “good” they will make you proud and bring you rewards untold, but if they were “less than good” they may haunt you, embarrass you, and cause you sorrow.

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