Just words!

Odds are you have already seen this!

Reason I state that is, as of yesterday morning, some 19,070,066 viewings of the following video had taken place.

But so what!

That number shows that despite the advertising insertions, despite the video promoting a commercial concern at the close, there are plenty of us who want to be reminded of the power of words.

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care

for people will hear them and be influenced by them

for good or ill.



Jean and I were pottering around yesterday afternoon getting everything ready for Ranger’s arrival planned for Tuesday.  In the back of my mind was some self-criticism for just sticking today’s post up in front of you, in the sense that it was just too easy.  Not that the message isn’t powerful but does it relate to the essence of this blog – exploring what we can learn from dogs?

Then it struck me as blindingly obvious! Of all the things that dogs offer us humans, the one key aspect of their integrity is their unconditional love.   The way that dogs love us acknowledges our existence at a ‘being-to-being’ level.

That’s the power of that short video. That the passing lady stopped and acknowledged the existence of the blind beggar-man.

We all need to be reminded of that all the time!

7 thoughts on “Just words!

  1. Thanks for bringing a tear to my eye this morning, Paul.

    A friend of mine often used a common reproach: “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” (though I sometimes felt that was used as an excuse not to engage with what it was I was trying to say… but I digress.)

    PS I’ve seen this before and was struggling to recall what the punchline was before it came up… and then, having failed, I played a game with myself by trying to craft my own alternative — and came up totally blank. Perhaps I’m simply not as good with words as I like to think I am (but then in my view that’s the general malaise of homo fatuus brutus so perhaps I should cut myself a break 🙂 ).


    1. Perhaps it can be reduced even further to it’s not what we say it’s what we feel. But either way thank you very much for taking the time to leave your comment.


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