Inspirations, Tuesday, November 13

by Emmy B.

“Ditto.” Such a simple word. But when it was used by the late Patrick Swayze in the 1990 movie, “Ghost,” this word took on a whole new meaning. The movie told the story of a young couple in love. However, Sam, played by Swayze, frustrated his girlfriend, Molly, when he only answered, “Ditto,” to her professions of love.

Sam had a very compelling reason for using the word “ditto” instead of repeating back Molly’s, “I love you.” He worried that often times people just mimic the words, “I love you,” without really thinking about what that means. Sam knew words are powerful.

Our words can carry enormous weight. The way we communicate with each other has the power to lift someone up, or completely discourage them. Our words can bring great joy, or much unhappiness. Our words have the ability to transform lives.

Negative words can be tossed off without realizing just how harmful they may be. How many times has someone said something hurtful, and then later backtracked by saying, “Oh, I didn’t really mean it.” They may not have meant to be hurtful, but once the words are out there, they can never be taken back. Over the years, I’ve realized more and more that words can provide others with the courage to press on, or give them one more reason to give up.


At the end of the movie, Sam finally says the words, “I love you,” to Molly. And how does she respond? She simply smiles and answers, “Ditto.” At last, she understood.

 Note to self: Words have power. Say what you mean and mean what you say.


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