Words matter.

Beautiful words, uplifting words expressing bold aspirations for the future while acknowledging the challenges ahead were ringing across our capital city and nation during Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The poem written by Inaugural poet laureate, Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in its imagery, simplicity and power, capturing this moment.

Words alone won’t end the pandemic or erase injustice or fix so much that is broken.

Words alone won’t unite us. Words must be matched by action.

But words are where we start, staking our claim to our intentions and our commitments.

Words can inspire us to climb the hill or deflate us to defeat.

Let’s choose them wisely. They are a precious resource not to be wasted as I wrote in this post.

Let the work begin.

Let us all live up to our words.

That is when communication is most effective.