Archive for October 31st, 2007

The healing power of words.

October 31, 2007

Should one keep our times of unhappy feelings to ourselves? We all go through bad patches and I guess some have more mood swings than others. Upset emotions cause most of the swings, also events from the past forcing themselves up from the subconscious into the present. Then again — health! Sometimes everything conspires to make us feel wretched and weepy. And we may even feel bad for feeling bad! After all, there are a great deal of innocent sufferers in the world — people who have never known security and love, good health or enough food in their bellies.

Sharing emotions can be good. But this has to be done with care. Some friends prefer not to know, they shy away or stop writing for a while. Some have their own problems and it is not fair to burden them further. But there are those that sense another person’s unhappiness, no matter how bright the face that is shown to the world.

Someone showed me a poem today. It was written to someone they admired. It was full of warmth and love, joy and celebration of friendship. I happen to know how the recipient of that poem was feeling, and I was certain that this message of love and appreciation was the best medicine she could receive at this present time.

Such is the healing power of words, especially when written from the heart. Some folk compose poetry — true poets allow the words to flow from within.