A recent article containing a palpable, snarky tone of gossip prompted this entire look into something we might call ‘positive expression.’ Writing ethics are something to which not every author chooses to adhere. Being a writing aficionado, it is a mindful decision to share words in such a way that they are given proper use.

Words most often serve to inform, and if they carry other intent behind them, for fun or profit, it might be good to dig a little deeper. They may convey a particular message and bring the reader’s attention to a subject. Clearly, not every writer can be categorized as a ‘responsible’ one.

Putting words to paper is a form of creation. Scribing gives words life, bringing ideas into existence. As the person wielding the implement with some measure of skill, there is an element of propriety involved. Perhaps, authors have a moral obligation to create something that adds to our experience instead of rendering an abysmal effort not worthy of garnering attention.

Does that sound harsh? Certainly, writing may be considered by many to be a harmless activity. People write things down all the time, whether the words are read or not. We can always choose not to read ‘drivel.’ It is very empowering to be able to express one’s voice in written words. From words of praise to grumbling complaint, the way we utilize the written word has a lasting effect on anyone who intercepts them.

Having an opinion is each person’s prerogative. Communicating one’s opinion is something that can be labeled a mindful action. Is the opinion we seek to convey something that will help or harm? Is it true or a lie?

Is it okay to “suppose” or otherwise leave hints, or (as some might describe) artfully bend the truth to suit some purpose? There can be a fine line separating exposition and propaganda.

Like any form of energy, negative writing changes and lowers the tone of our vibration. It darkens the very atmosphere in which we live. The greater the readership the more widespread that change or infection can cover.

This can classify communications containing gossip and innuendo as malicious and harmful to our existence. We may not consider that such words have a major impact. Is it okay to hold this sort of idle chatter in our own head? What kind of an effect might that have on the way our ideas or other mental processes take place? Consider how it affects our heart, the very core of our being.

The bottom line is that putting those negative thoughts out into the world for others to experience does nothing to further our humanity. In fact, we might wonder what retards our interactions with others or why they take such a negative turn. We can be doing so much to further ourselves, if it were not for the time and energy wasted on words that do not move us forward.

With all that said, could doing mindful writing bring us to a better place? Could something as simple as effective, positive writing help to turn things around? Can peace be spread by the use of words that help, heal, and raise our vibration instead?

It certainly opens up the world of possibility. As a writer and blogger for the past few years, there is much to be said for the purpose and intent of putting words together with fidelity and in an ethical manner. While not every person takes the Hippocratic Oath, we can appreciate and mindfully choose to do no harm.

Why not put the words in our blogs and messages to good use?

Namaste ~ Blessings!

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Comment by Kathy Custren on February 10, 2013 at 12:55pm

Oh, and I would feel very comfortable in quantifying the initial comment of the article by saying that the article I read was NOT part of the wonderful work of OM Times and Humanity Healing. I agree that this particular space/place holds a higher caliber of attention to ethics and helping others. ~ Blessings!

Comment by Kathy Custren on February 10, 2013 at 12:49pm

Thank you for your explanation and the compliment, Dawn. ~ Blessings!

Comment by Kathy Custren on February 8, 2013 at 6:32pm

LOL!  YOU like the word, "I" like the word, but I got more comments about the Colin Firth photo, honestly.  Thanks, Dawn ~ Blessings!

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