The Verity and Power of Spoken Words

The Verity and Power of Spoken Words

Patiently Awakened

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak and share my story at an event this week. Although I speak often, each encounter leaves me in awe. I am continuously reminded of the numbers of people with whom my story resonates. I also am cognizant of the lasting effect that others have had on my life. There was such a strong spirit in the room and I met so many great people. I excitedly listened to other speakers and watched the reactions of the attendees. I gathered it was an emotional and enjoyable experience for most, if not all.

I undoubtedly realize the importance and the power of human connection. Congregating emboldens personal and professional relationships. People connect to stories. There is always a word or an experience that others can identify with. It matters not if the situation is exactly the same, what is relevant is the message of hope, faith and tenacity that we seek to find. We want to hear success stories. We want to feel that people understand our plight. We want good to overcome evil.

These are perilous times we are living in. In a world of so much illness and adversity we must seek positive experiences that bring meaning and pleasure while we are in the eye of the storm of life. Events that encourage, uplift and inspire improve the human condition in the moment and beyond.

I leave each affair feeling empowered. My soul is replenished. There is something I learn and take away from each speaker and hopefully I am able to impart the gifts that I have received into the lives of others. Many people share their trials and triumphs with me. What is evident is that everyone wants to be heard. We need to know that we matter and we are not alone. We want our existence recognized.

The proverb says it costs nothing to be a decent person. Love and kindness are free. We need more of these deeds in the world. I am always reminded that a smile or a word can brighten a day and possibly change a life. There are many days when a kind word or a smile changed the trajectory of my day.

MS, heart disease and illness has made me more empathetic to the feelings and circumstances of others, strengthening my sense of purpose and my desire to embrace mankind. If we hearken to our inner spirit we will discover that our similarities far outweigh our differences. We live, love, cry, laugh, hurt and ultimately survive. We want to rise above pain. We wish for a happy ending.

My intent is to encourage you to choose your words and, when you speak, to do your best to leave others feeling good about themselves. We never know what people need or are searching for in a moment. Our paths cross for a reason. Open your heart and practice kindness. Be kind to yourself and others, too. There are those of us who care.

I believe you are doing the best you can and I believe in you. I am proud of you. We will make it through one day at a time. You are powerful and you are meant to live with intention. Words. They have the power to heal. Use them wisely.

“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”  — Mother Teresa

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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.
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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.

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