My name is Jack McCall. If you could hear me, what you’re listening to is not the sound of my voice- it’s the sound of my inner voice, the one inside my head. I’d like talk to you but I can’t, because if I say just one more sentence out loud, I’ll die.
These were the first lines of the movie A Thousand Words starring comedian Eddie Murphy. His character was a literary agent who was fond of talking swiftly, very swiftly (I was even forced to use subtitles so I could follow what he was saying). When the time came he used his gift of gab to pursue selfish interests, some magical tree appeared at his backyard with leaves falling each time he is speaking a word. The rule here was simple: One word, one leaf; if there is no more leaf left to fall, the tree dies, and he dies as well.
Did he suffer consequences from the words he uttered? Yes, he did. Did he die? It is for you to find out; but this I must say: his last words were the shortest, yet the most significant ones. It is ironic how in silence and in the least amount of words he was able to express his sincerest feelings. It sounds cheesy, but it is true.
That was the film. In reality, there is no such thing as a magical tree. There is no quota for the number of words we could say. We could tell a thousand truths, slip out a couple of lies, talk all day and be silent for some time. But at the end of the day, no matter what we say, even if no leaf fell because of our words, we must ask ourselves: have I said something useful, something worth listening to, or have I just flaunted non-sense, excessive thoughts?
I remembered how my father stressed out to me the futility of anything in excess- may it be food, money, or words. He said I should remove unnecessary words from my chats because I look like a rumormonger when I talk too much. I remembered how my high school English teacher taught me word economy in writing. She said the shorter, the better. I remembered how Bro. Eli Soriano, my much-loved evangelist, uses only 140 characters (at most) in tweeting godly advices and wisdom to his followers (You can follow him on twitter at
@BroEliSoriano). He said it is biblical to lessen your words.
Then, it hit me— it is possible to express, to move and to inspire people even just by dropping some lines. I could tell my stories, share people’s valuable insights, and cite helpful tips and advices through posts that will not exhaust your eyes, hence, the inception of this blog. Let my online journal be useful to your daily musings and let this be the start!
Cheers and love,