It should come as not surprise that these were the words spoken by a great public speaker: “Words Do Inspire.” Words, as I mentioned in a previous post, are an inexhaustible resource. They can be used and reused countless times in countless many ways and never get old from overuse. Words like “I”, “the”, “as”, and the like are even less like inexhaustible and more like eternal. Yet, the question today regards what exactly it is that makes a word truly inspiring. Is it the context or can a word on its own, regardless of context, be innately inspiring? Similarly, if a phrase is inspiring then where does the inspiration lie within that phrase? I hope we can look at some of the greatest orators of our time and procure our own answers to these questions.
By this point, surely you, the reader, have already begun to form words in your head that are inspiring to you in particular. These words may include but not be limited to examples such as “Glory”, “Endurance”, “Champion”, “Best”, “Teamwork”, or “Victory” which all invoke a sports-like feeling, recalling images of the Olympics or the World Cup. Others of you may conjure up words such as “Positivity”, “Patience”, “Honesty”, “Happiness”, or “Smile”, of which all concern your own personality rather than a distant goal. Still other readers may be thinking now of words like “God”, “Heaven”, or “Blessed” which are clearly more spiritual in nature and thus draw inspiration from beyond—rather than from within—oneself. Each person is unique. Continue reading