Words are Powerful

I have debated about joining the challenge for the last 24 hours. I can come up with many reasons why I should and shouldn’t join the challenge. Do I have the time? Though I can think of many reasons I shouldn’t, I can’t stop thinking about how this could be great for me. A spot to write daily and develop as a writer. So, here goes nothing! I’m in!

Words are powerful. When I was in seventh grade, we were writing poetry. We were working hard and developing our own poems. I had worked hard, and was excited about what I had to share. After working and revising, I went to show my teacher. So proud of what I had accomplished. In one sentence, this teacher had wiped away my confidence. I no longer felt I could write well and felt embarrassed.

This moment sticks in my head for so many reasons. I think about how much I have grown since then. When I’m working with students, I keep this story close to my heart. Every day, I work to build writers so they can feel success and grow.

Words are powerful. I tell myself this every day and work hard to make sure that the words I speak influence the people around me in a positive way.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. aggiekesler says:

    So glad you joined the challenge! It’s hard at times, but the struggle is what makes the success that much sweeter. Good luck finding your voice this month. Can’t wait to read more from you.


  2. Wow! What an experience that was. It’s terrible when teachers do that to kids.
    I’m delighted you’ve joined our writing challenge. WELCOME!


  3. Nina Anderson says:

    Oh gosh. What an awful, yet powerful, lesson you had to endure. Our feedback can leave an indelible mark on the hearts of our students. Words matter.


  4. Oh, I could have written your post and those type of teachers still haunt me as an adult. I still sit at the keyboard typing or writing in my notebook. So glad you are pushing those negative voices aside! Can’t wait to read more of your slices!


  5. Holly says:

    I’m a first timer too! Thanks for sharing just how powerful our words can be. We have to be so cautious in not only what we say, but how we say it! Keep writing!


  6. Morgan says:

    Welcome to the challenge. If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised how many ways that writing makes space for more writing. You’ll think about your next post at times of the day that never made space before. I am so excited for you. Thank you for this first post, sharing a personal memory as a reminder to use our words, both in writing and in speech, to lift each other. This comes through loud and clear in your repeated line: Words ARE powerful!


    1. jessadri says:

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to posting every day!


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