The Power of Words

Barcode LabelWords have the power to inspire, motivate, encourage, persuade, influence, arouse, and reassure. Words also have the power to destroy, discourage, demotivate, dishearten, depress, dampen, disappoint, dissuade, and demoralize. The words we use, and the words we hear, have enormous power. A medical condition does not define you or what you can achieve.

In the following video, Aimee Mullins talks about the power of words and many other subjects that might interest survivors and the people who interact with them.

In the following video, Chris Medina talks about the power of the words in a wedding vow.


1. What words have a positive impact on your emotions and/or actions?

2. What do you think when you hear each of the following words?

A. Disabled
B. Injured
C. Challenged
D. Different

3. How do you remain positive, determined, and focused when the people who interact with you see your limitations not your opportunities?

4. What do words mean to you?

Thanks to Aimee Mullins, TEDMED, Chris Medina, TMC41, American Idol, Fox News, YouTube, Wikipedia, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture and videos in this post.


  1. My father said of spanking…but it applies to any injury… pain one forgets, but words become part of us… in our memory. All words, he would have agreed, we must become the masters of. It’s an idea from Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.

    1. Your father apparently shared much wisdom. Do you know if anyone has conducted a non-biased study that reveals the long-term impact of words vs. actions? In other words, are we more likely to remember someone’s words or their actions? The second issue is whether we remember words more accurately than actions. We know that eye-witness testimony is not reliable because witnesses think they saw something they did not see. Is testimony of words or noises more reliable than testimony of actions and events?

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