The idea of letters as a form of intellectual conversation has fascinated me. I am not talking about letters that are written from one person to the next. In this instance, I’m talking about letters such as “x” and “h” and so forth. These small and innocuous letters are simple creations. A simple swish of a pen, a pencil, or a quill can craft these letters onto paper or parchment. Engravings with a sharp knife or object into a material can leave impressions of a letter. There are many ways to craft letters, however, these letters do not hold much value in our eyes. Rarely can we say, write, or type a single letter and have it hold any true substance in our conversations and intellectual musings. There are some words in the English language, or sounds anyways, that have small inklings of just single letters in them. Sounds/words such as “eh”, “oh”, “mmm”, and “pfft”, all fall under that category. But, simple sounds and words don’t give the letters any more value than just mouthing the letters.
However, as we traverse through the education system, along with our own self-learning, we begin to develop the intricate ability to string those letters together with others to form words. The irony of this so far is that I have used those stringed together letters to form words which you are currently reading. Words have an amazing way of being to able to transverse emotions, thoughts, feelings, and insecurities. They can take something so miniscule and transform it into something incredibly complex. Imagine taking a single piece of 2×4 wood and cutting it into with a knife. You spend hours and hours whittling away the wood until you’re left with a spectacular beauty crafted from your own hand. Writing words follows the same process as whittling the wood. Some people can spend hours just focusing on the sound of the pen scratching against the paper. It then leads to a substantive string of musings that can enrapture and enthrall people of all ages and levels of education.
Once those strings get put together, you’ll find they form something powerful. A page can symbolize many things for people. For some, a single page can mark a milestone for an author or poet. Others find a single page idyllic and will read that single page multiple times before turning to the next one. Some people, like myself, find a page to be an integral variable in an overall equation. A single page can hold the words and meanings of thousands of individual thoughts while still maintaining intrinsic value to the message at hand. I can always tell if I am reading a really good book because I pay literally zero attention to the page number and completely immerse myself in the story. The number of the page holds no emotional value; only the words on the page itself. As the pages begin to build and build, eventually they culminate into something incredibly masterful.
Regardless of whether the pages form a book, a journal, an anthology, or something resembling an actual story, it does not matter; it is a masterpiece. I have spent many years trying to write a book, and I usually follow a step-by-step program of writing, however, I have never finished the book. My masterpiece is not complete. Many books have been written that have received unbelievably negative reviews and feedback. Fortunately, those reviews do not matter. The author has created a masterpiece that means more to them than probably anything else. As an avid reader, I have come to hold the stories and musings of certain authors really close to my heart. I have embraced their masterpiece, interpreted it to my own views, and given it my very existence. Books, and the written word in general, holds more power than anything else on this planet.
There are so many different quotes involving words that I could not begin to cover all of them here, however, there are two quotes that will always stand out in my mind. The first quote comes from one of my favorite authors.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
The second quote comes from somebody very near and dear to my heart.
“Words are only words until someone gives them meaning.” – Emily Schmitz
It is my sincerest wish that I am able to give substance, value, meaning, and compassion to the words I write, as well as the words I read. With a little hope, I will spend the rest of my life continuing to add value to the words in my life.