Becca’s dad saw her wearing a spaghetti strap and a little bit of make up. He became furious and started shouting at Becca, telling her that she’s “MALANDI” (slut). She was shocked at what her dad branded her with.
She tried to explain she was just trying it out because it was her first time going out with her girl friends, but her Dad just continued attacking her with other hurtful words. She left the house crying and believing that there’s something wrong with her.
She was 15 years old at that time, her dad was crazy strict and aside from that, he would lash out whenever she did something wrong. When Becca spilled the water from her glass, he would call her stupid. When Becca was eating a lot, he called her FAT. When she didn’t hit the grade target on her exams, he called her dumb.
But the final stroke was when called her, MALANDI.
Becca started believing her father, the word MALANDI played over and over again in her head. She could hear it in the classroom, in the bathroom, while eating lunch with friends… Everywhere.
After a few years, I found out that Becca has been in and out of numerous relationships. She would fall for a guy so easily and eventually one of them got her pregnant and left her. This didn’t happen just one time, it became a cycle – she had another child from a different father.
One good thing though is that Becca found a small group that will support and accept her. Slowly she’s recovering from that MALANDI label that was put on her by her father.
What’s the difference between SWORD and WORD? Nothing? Is it just the letter S?
The difference: Both can give life or take life.
Words have the power to create reality, that’s why great authors become so powerful. With just a few words that go together, they can create a whole new world that the reader can get lost in.
Whenever I speak on stage and I start proclaiming messages like “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “Dreams Come True”, I sense that atmosphere shift from tired to hopeful. I feel that the people feel encouraged and it’s the most wonderful feeling that a speaker can have.
How does this happen?