The Power of Words

13 Jan

“Tony Kushner, everyday I have to live without the immeasurable wealth of your language, which reminds me everyday of the impoverishment of my own.” Daniel Day-Lewis

Dude … he is no way poor on words.

This is one of the best compliments I’ve ever heard in my life. As a writer I dream of someone saying something so Daniel Day-Lewis worthy.  I didn’t see Lincoln, but I did see The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York. He was pretty awesome in all three. Intense. Intense is definitely the word for it, but he seemed very calm, humbled and grateful in his Golden Globe acceptance speech. And I know that writer definitely felt that sincere thanks.

English: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis in New York on...

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Those words flipped my switch today. It was a crappy one today, the kind that needs a do-over, but unfortunately you don’t get one. Once Sunday morning is gone, you can’t get it back and wishing for that to happen in the afternoon, just wastes the afternoon. So you just decide that it’s been crappy day and you wait until tomorrow. I mean not even my Live-Everyday-Like-It’s-Shark Week reminder toy, hanging out in  my pocket, helped me overcome the suckiness of the day. I pushed the button and everything for that JAWS sound effect, but that didn’t seem to faze me. The crappiness had consumed me. That’s the kind of day I had. It was so bad that I just tanked it at 4 p.m. I threw in the towel and just waited until tomorrow.  That’s what I was doing. I was waiting until tomorrow came. And as I was unsuccessfully trying to salvage some quiet moments in the evening just so that I could watch the Golden Globes then I heard his voice among the chaos of bedtime routine.

I heard him with his accent. Daniel Day-Lewis .. and then something changed.

I was going to write about the crappy day I had in detail,  with comedic spin and everything. But I heard Daniel Day-Lewis and he changed my mind. He flipped my switch. I know he wasn’t speaking to me, but nevertheless his words moved me. I’m sure it moved all writers. When someone appreciates your work so much that they give you an “Ooooooooh” compliment … it’s a total wow moment. Even for those who witness it.

And that was me … I was a witness and I sure wish I was that writer, because that compliment would have definitely made my day. It would have made my decade. Shoot, even century.

Well in truth as a regular human being I hope for something this spectacular said about me and that it’s not in my eulogy. It’s at a place where I can actually hear it. But to set the record straight I have had a couple of friends and fellow blogging buddies definitely lift my spirits with the power of their words. And it was like a Golden Globe highlight.

So Daniel Day-Lewis, I thank you for flipping the switch, for snapping me out of it, for giving me whatever time was left in the hourglass tonight, for the power of your words.


16 Responses to “The Power of Words”

  1. TBM January 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

    I’m sorry to hear about your day, but at least something good came from it. I’m sorry I missed the speech. Wishing you a fantastic Monday!

    • The Guat January 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

      I’m glad that day is behind me now. It’s terrible when you just can’t shake it off.

  2. jumbledwriter January 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM #

    Words can be wonders when they are phrased correctly.

    • The Guat January 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

      Definitely true! Daniel Day-Lewis sure had a way with them.

  3. claywatkins January 14, 2013 at 3:43 AM #

    mine kinda got away from me, too…but I handicapped myself by sleeping late. my body is trying to tell me to slow down and I’m juts not listening. You are right, once a day slips out of your hands it is difficult to get back on track. I hope monday is better!

    • The Guat January 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM #

      Sometimes that happens to me too. I stay up late and wake up early by the end of the week my body is ready to beat me up and I still don’t listen. But I’m so glad that bad day was over and I’m so glad someone else out there shares this mindset about the crappy days just sort of sucking you in quicksand and no way of getting out until tomorrow comes. Thanks so much for your support. Much appreciated! And Monday was a little better 🙂

  4. adinparadise January 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM #

    Thanks goodness for that bit of uplifting sparkle to your otherwise crappy day. TG. That speech must have been quite something. 🙂

    • The Guat January 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

      OH! I know! I was so glad that I was able to hear his speech. It was truly awesome, otherwise who knows.

  5. My Ox is a Moron January 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM #

    I hate those days too. I usually just climb into a good book or work on my hobby for the rest of the day when that happens. My daughter often joins me with her book and we snuggle together in mutual social anti-socialness.

    • The Guat January 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM #

      Those days do totally suck, but I couldn’t even climb into a good book or a good quiet moment as chaos was all around me, but the next day proved to be better.

  6. lameadventures January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    Tony Kushner is one of the most brilliant writers working today. He won the Pulitzer for his play Angels in America. I was glad that DDL acknowledged him in his acceptance speech since those lunkheads in the Hollywood Foreign Press gave the screenplay award to Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained. When you combine an excellent actor with a brilliant playwright, and then Steven Spielberg does what he seldom does, directs with restraint, it’s a powerful combo. I urge you to see Lincoln and listen closely to the script. That’s great writing. Maybe it will help you find some inspiration.

    • The Guat January 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuude. I so need to see it. I wasn’t planning on doing so, but after what Daniel Day-Lewis said…I was like it’s on. Next time I can escape this two-kid household I’m there with my Red Vines.

  7. Krystal January 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM #

    I love Daniel Day-Lewis! He is an incredible actor and his quote was beautifully put. Sorry to hear about your crappy day BUT I am glad you found something to improve your mood! 🙂

    • The Guat January 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM #

      He is awesome. And considering that he speaks that way I’m totally starting to love him too. He was my savior.

  8. Island Traveler February 25, 2013 at 4:00 AM #

    Words have the power to heal and change. To flip our crappy and not so good days into something bright and inspiring at a point when things seems hopeless. Sorry to hear about your bad day. I too have lots of those and every time I pray that soon it’ll be over and usually it does. Mr. Lewis is one amazing actor. Indeed he deserves this. In his generation, he is the rare few who can act intensely and make us believe and be move with his character. Oh, plus that humbleness is something that makes him all the more awesome.

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