“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac. The Dharma Bums
Words have meaning. Sometimes. You would think by definition that words have meaning. But they do not always. It’s quite perplexing, at times. Then, of course, the meaning of words change over time.
It can be hard, as such, to formulate the right words in general. And, in certain tough situations words become even more important. Words matter. Actions matter as well. But words can be quite cutting, convoluted, or concise and yet not convey what is needed.
Sometimes you have to shout, whisper or tip-toe around your words. Other times, you need to be careful of whether your words ricochet back onto you.
But I think Jack Kerouac had it right. Simplicity. In simplicity, you may be heard. In simplicity, you may understand. Simple words can serve as a soft touch on a cold shoulder.