Words Matter

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Words hold so much power: power to harm and power to heal. This post is about words that have the power to heal.

I am a writer with two published novels and close to 1200 blog posts and I still have to carefully choose my words in any given situation. I don’t always get it right, but the healing goal is always the same.

The other day I found myself at a local Urgent Care clinic; the non-urgent reason for being there is immaterial to what transpired there. My appointment completed, I walked from the treatment area of the clinic through the front office area where three delightful women held court to greet – and say goodbye – to each person who found themselves in need of medical treatment when primary care offices had no available appointments.

One of the women said, “Before you go, can I just tell you something? When you walked in here, I couldn’t help but notice how much you look like the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Wait, let me find a photo of her for you.” The photo she found on her cell phone was this one:

She also held up the photo to her fellow front desk peeps and they all agreed and said, “You really do look like her! Wow!”

Now I know the resemblance, if there is one, is quite a stretch, but it didn’t matter. In that moment, I felt far better than my body was allowing me to feel at that moment.

Later that evening I relayed my experience to one of my sisters-in-law and she said, “I’ve always thought there was a resemblance but I didn’t know if you’d be flattered or not!”

Double whammy of healing statements, all in one day!

Our words have the power to heal and the power to harm; the other day I was on the receiving end of healing words. It’s sobering to realize that all words are just a different combination of the same 26 letters of the alphabet. I am now even more committed to putting those 26 letters together to form words that uplift, encourage, and yes, heal. I guess the bottom line is:

We can all be healers.

4 thoughts on “Words Matter

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    February 21, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I definitely see the resemblance in both your facial bone structure and your lean body. I might have to start calling you Jamie! xo

    Liked by 1 person

      Irene Olson responded:
      February 21, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      You are so very kind. I guess I should tell Ms. Curtis that she has a Doppelgänger in Washington State! Or maybe she’s MY Doppelgänger!

      Liked by 1 person

    Anonymous said:
    February 21, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Healing words are as potent as a smile. Your story is a perfect illustration.

    Liked by 1 person

      Irene Olson responded:
      February 21, 2022 at 10:29 am

      I agree! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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