This I Believe

William - Norfolk, Virginia
Entered on November 28, 2006

I have come to believe in the power of words and the importance to articulate them through speeches and writings. History has shown the power in words used by important figures who motivate men, armies and nations in times of war, depressions and natural disasters. Their choice of words and delivery method, I believe, was and is the most important tool utilized to direct and communicate to people.

The choice of words can also be a method to convey education, procedures, directions, feelings, emotions and caring to individuals. This can be accomplished in many different ways: poems, essays, memos, and portfolios. These methods give anyone the ability to write and speak in an artful and educated manner.

I have “come” to believe in the power of words because I’m a 46-year-old male in a supervisory role who has found himself to be at an disadvantage when it comes to writing and literature. I have a high school education and attended the college of Hard Knocks. I never struggled during high school, but I never concentrated or was interested in writing. I can remember reading a poem and not understanding a single word because I was not open-minded to what was being read. I truly appreciate folks who can write with emotion and are open minded enough to listen to many different forms of the written word.

In my work as a fire department company officer and director of a marine task force I am responsible for writing procedures, developing memos, producing power point presentations, documenting events and producing final technical reports. Many of these documents are presented to governmental organizations and are published in their reports. Often I present these findings along with other educational information to large groups. I am not afraid of public speaking, but I sometimes lack the use of proper words. Have you watched our public officials stumble with words while making a speech? It makes me uncomfortable if not embarrassed. To listen to a speech or read a document that is well written with famous quotes, the right words and the ability to properly communicate is extremely important. The individual not only requires respect but also demands it through his words.

I have come to respect the art of writing and the use of words from a person who not only made an impact in my life but those of her students as well. They will come to realize the importance of writing by her commitment of doing it the right way through her lessons and projects. She has the ability to bring out the best in her students. This person has helped me by reviewing my writing and making suggestions. Because of her efforts I have become a better writer and feel better about my words.

Famous quotes can inspire many people. Have you heard the one that goes “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks?” Well I am living proof that Old dogs can learn new tricks.