I’d like to say to whoever reads this particular transcript, and especially to those experiencing homelessness such as myself, slow down. Think of your words. Consider their meaning. Now, say what you mean and mean what you say! Repeat this to yourselves:

“I am not homeless…I have not yet a home to go to”

Now, consider that sentence. How, or why is it that the “yet” is the strongest word?

A man once told me when I was a child that “the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.” My spirit knew he was telling the truth yet my mind wrestled with accepting his words for two decades. I battled with the fact that a tongue cannot lift a solid pound!

I read a book a few years ago titled “African Proverbs.” Here’s a quote, “When the heart overflows, it shall spill from thy lips…”

Since reading this ancient Ethiopian proverb, I began to speak far less and listen much more. Through knowledge, experience, and the blessing of aging I learned to understand the true power of the tongue. It is not simply a bodily organ to communicate with friends, family and co-workers. The tongue should not be seen as a tool for passion and lust amongst lovers. And above all, it is not to be used in vain or for blasphemy. The tongue is the strongest muscle our bodies possess and these are the supporting facts:

  • It may be the soldiers who kill in battle, but it is by the King’s tongue that commandeth armies to engage in slaughter.
  • By the hands of slaves were our most astonishing structures built; Still, it is by the tongue of the king that laid the cornerstone.
  • For the hundreds upon thousands of years that oru species has been around, it is only through the power of the tongue that we know who and what we are.

-The power of the tongue, inspired by my African proverbs-