“Oxyphenbutazone” is theoretically, the highest-scoring word in Scrabble. Placed a certain way on the board, it would earn a whopping 1,778 points.
The best word.
I was on the playground today with my Lunch Buddy, when I saw a 5 or 6 year old boy kneeling in the grass, broken piece of orange chalk in hand, drawing a picture on a pizza slice-sized rock.
“What a cool design you’re making on that rock!” I said as my Buddy and I stopped.
The little fella looked up at me, looked back at the rock, looked at me again, and asked,
“It certainly is. You are so creative to think of making a picture on a rock.”
“You sure are. You’re turning that rock into something really special. You’re a good artist!”
A big smile crossed his face as he stood up a little straighter, and he beamed:
“Yeah, I think I’m an artist!”
“Keep it up, Picasso,” I said as my Buddy and I went on our way.
He may not know who Picasso is. But maybe he will. When I called him “Picasso,” I was thinking of this statement by Picasso,
“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
I’m not sure if Picasso’s success was due to his mom’s positive words, but I have to think that her words didn’t hurt. He believed in himself and I think his mom’s words made that happen.
Deepak Chopra said, “Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy.”
People speak in one of two ways. They either speak life or they speak death (Proverbs 18:21).
“The Message” puts it like this:
“Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.”
The conversation with that budding artist took less than 2 minutes. I’m hoping the positive effect will be a lifetime.
“I know words. I have the best words,” said then candidate Trump back in 2015. I like that.
We all know words. We have in our vocabulary the best words and the worst words.
I saw today again the power of “best” words.