The healing power of words.

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.

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2 Responses to “The healing power of words.”

  1. Andy O'Hara Says:

    I agree–sharing emotions is a good thing, including within blogs. Unfortunately, some folks get tied up in a lengthy blow-by-blow accounting of their argument with Aunt Mildred and it becomes so very tedious. The vein in which you describe it is quite warm.

  2. Payton L. Inkletter Says:

    I think a blog is a particularly good place to share unhappy feelings, given that any regulars or passers by that visit are visiting by choice, rather than being cornered or having a letter sent to them or a phone call made to them.

    Then it becomes a matter of one’s judgement from one’s deep pool of maturity to unload the happiness in a tactful but useful way. We are all human, and the mature and compassionate reading visitor will look for the human connection, and be alert to where and for what he can bestow compassion upon the hurting blogger.

    It is therapeutic to share one’s pain where possible, even if the sharing is done with a potential reader who might not happen by for a very long time. I have experienced some release of burden doing exactly this at times at my blog, without having any knowledge of anyone ever reading the account of the frustration or pain or whatever – the act of the getting the story out of myself has been healing, and the thought that it may be read by a fellow human who may feel compassion toward me, in one hour or one year, is a comfort.

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