The average human speaks around 16,000 words a day. No wonder we rarely think about the words we use.
Imagine you had 16,000 dollars to spend a day. Would you worry about the $6 coffee or the $100 dinner? No. We treat words in the same way. We say things we don’t mean, gossip, lie, and make promises we’ll never keep.
The problem? Words do matter. Over minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years they construct our reality.
Hip Hop artists know this better than most. Everything in the Hip Hop artist’s world starts with words. Out of these words the artist manifests cars, clothes, and fame.
Words become things.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a Hip Hop artist. The words you use build your reality.
Originally when I set out to write this I wanted to talk about Hip Hop and Stoicism. I tried to write the post and couldn’t get it to work. I’m going to revisit at some point. There’s a lot of wisdom in Hip Hop.