Words with Friends (The Power of Words)

by Kenny Eller on July 26, 2011

Words with Friends

Words with Friends

When words leap over your teeth, past your lips and spring to life in this world they hold such amazing power.

The ability to speak and communicate through the written word is breathtaking if you just sit still for a moment and really think about it.

Every single time you open your mouth or press your fingers to a set of keys, there is a massive amount of unadulterated promise to be found.

Never could more power be placed with one than is given when you’re able to communicate with another person.

A liar once said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

The truth is words can hurt you very badly.

On the flip side, they can also help someone like myself further believe that I will play Michael Jordan 1-on-1 or catapult someone else to smile or feel love.

Like all things, it depends upon how the power is used.

Unfortunately, too often almighty words are fired away without thought like a drive by shooting, killing innocent hopes and dreams along the way.

So what does this have to do with me playing Michael Jordan??


I get asked on occasion how do I possibly stay motivated on my journey to play MJ?  I’m a regular guy from the standpoint that I have a full time job and plenty of responsibilities just like the majority.  Juggling it all can be tough at times, so I do understand why I get asked how I keep willing myself to the courts and stay in pursuit of my goal with such passion.

Truthfully, I love this journey.

Beyond my faith, I guess if there was any secret it would be the amount of positive words that flow into my life on a daily basis.

Words with Friends

I wouldn’t say that I’m the most popular guy when it comes to friends, but the friends I do have are beyond spectacular!

I routinely get texts in the morning telling me to have a blessed/great day.  Some take the time to tell me they enjoyed my latest post.  Others show more concern and enthusiasm with every step than I could ever imagine when I began this journey.  Some call me to speak positivity into my life.  Others send caring messages to me on Facebook.  Some give me love on Twitter.  Others leave comments on this site.

Take my man Will Peters as an example.  He’s a high schooler from another state, which I’ve never met in person and who only knows me through this site, yet he took the time to leave a powerful grouping of words the other day on the mevsMJ.com Facebook page that impacts me to this day.

Will didn’t have to send that message, but look at the power of his kindness.  Almost two weeks later I still think about it every day.  It has encouraged me to work harder and to be better.  It further strengthens the belief that one guy’s dream can positively affect many.

Every single person that supports me doesn’t have to take the time to do so, but I’m so glad that they do.

I wrote the other day:

“Taking the time to speak positivity into someone’s life is so powerful!  Never underestimate the extreme power of kindness!”

Words, my friends, are powerful.

In an atmosphere where most think nothing of verbalizing or becoming social media assassins at their disapproval of something, we often forget to put a voice with our approval.

The good news is we can change that.

Your Move

Take the time to speak positivity into the life of at least 7 people by this time next week.

Tell them you appreciate them.  Tell them you support them.  Tell them why you value their friendship.  If they look at you funny, tell them anyway.  The impact will be great and it will take but just a moment.

Thank you friends both new and old.  Thank you for the support!  I appreciate you all!


More AAU

I’ll be down at Disney’s Wide World of Sports off and on Wednesday through the weekend showing some support for those who support me and scouting my next potential opponent. 😀  If you happen to be in those parts watching or playing hoops, let me know!  It would be great to say hi and to thank you for your support in person!

me vs. MJ…the journey continues!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Charissa Eller July 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love this post! At times we haphazardly spew words without thinking. This really makes me think about how I impact others’ lives on a daily basis:-)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller July 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks!:). I’m glad you like it!


Bob July 27, 2011 at 4:23 am

I usually read the posts via email, but wanted to take a minute to visit the site and let you know your words work. While in the hospital during the birth of my daughter, I told every nurse/doctor that did anything for her how much I appreciated their help. I also told them how their positive attitudes made stressful situations easier to deal. All of them would smile and say, “Aww thank you! That was a really nice thing to say!” I could tell they don’t hear it enough. And my words may have positively altered their next interaction. Thanks for the reminder, especially from someone who practices their beliefs!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller July 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

Thanks for always reading man. Means a lot! Thanks for leaving this comment as well, it’s made my morning!

What you did at the hospital the other day took such a small amount of effort on your part, but made such a HUGE difference. There is no doubt it affected their next interaction, but it may still be impacting them now! It may just be something they think about for quite some time.

What else in life offers that ROI with so little invested, keeping in mind that others are the beneficiaries? Not one thing.

Thanks for doing great things and supporting me! Awesome!


Risa Garner July 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

Well said! I absoutley love this article. I am planning on passing it on. You are so right about everything you said. Words are so powerful….in the right hands they can be amazing…in the wrong they can destroy. You truly are a role model and amazing person. Your success is well deserved. I hope you realize how many lives you change each day by just being YOU! Have a fantastic day. Your day is coming and when it does MJ will think, “Hmmm…what took me so long to meet this guy?” Happy Wednesday!!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller July 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

Thank you Risa! Thank you for the constant flow of kind words! You are the role model my friend and you are making a positive impact in people’s life, like mine!

Thank you too for passing it on, I really, really appreciate it!


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