by Lynn Campbell
Words can get you through anything.
Or at least make your journey through hard times a bit easier, whether you are suffering from the trials of this pandemic, the loss of a loved one, a financial crisis, career chaos or a broken heart.
Personally, I enjoy reading novels. They are a great escape from reality, and the stories can give you a different perspective on things. Thank you to the wordsmiths who write them, the publishers that print them, the libraries that lend them, and the bookstores that sell them.
At this time of social isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a friendly human voice on the other end of the telephone line can go a long way to lift a person’s spirits. Simple words like, “How have you been?” or “I miss you!” can make someone’s day. Planning a special get together when the restrictions are lifted can give long lost friends and family something to look forward to.
Journaling is a great way to express yourself. Writing in a private diary gives you the opportunity to vent all your emotions and get them out of your system. Release your feelings through words and you will be guaranteed to feel unburdened.
As a writer, I personally love word games. An old-fashioned round of Scrabble or playing one of the many word games online passes the time pleasantly.
Social media posts can be brutal, but you can use your words for good instead of evil. Happy birthday wishes, compliments, cheerful messages, and photos are bright lights in the darkness.
And what are songs but poems set to music? Listening to certain tunes can make you feel happy or empowered or soothed. Whatever you need. Some songs bring back fond memories. As a listener, to me, the words are the star of the show, with the melody as a backdrop to set the mood. Choosing the right songs for the right occasion can be very therapeutic.
To quote part of the popular Bee Gees song, “Words”:
Talk in everlasting words
And dedicate them all to me
And I will give you all my life
I’m here if you should call to me
You think that I don’t even mean
A single word I say
It’s only words and words are all I have
To take your heart away.
Isn’t that a beautiful sentiment? I don’t know about you, but after reading those words, I feel better already.
Photo credit by: Huỳnh Đạt (Vietnam) @donghoangminhde
Lynn Rhodes Campbell is a freelance writer, based in the friendly village of Sunderland, Ontario. For the past nine years, she has written feature articles for Focus on Scugog magazine. She started out her career as a newspaper reporter after studying journalism at Ryerson University. Previously, she worked as the writer/photographer/news editor of the Uxbridge Times-Journal, wrote high-profile columns for the Toronto Sunday Sun. Lynn’s comic novel, entitled Journal of a House Sale: Buy My House Please! was self-published in 2012. Despite other career pursuits over the years, she has always enjoyed writing fiction and poetry in her spare time.