This will be short, but I want to get it on paper...
I've been struck by the power of words for a long time. And through some of my various trainings and experiences I've learned more about precision of meaning, and the power of words & thought to create our individual and cultural realities.
It's my new cause - something I'll be speaking about more & more often.
And many times today, while viewing CSPAN, CNN, etc., I couldn't help but notice many places where (I believe) a different word(s) might have declared a clearer intention or helped to create a higher good, than those used.
Some that struck me were these that made me uneasy.
"believers" contrasted with "non-believers" (I posit there is no such thing)
"tolerance" vs "intolerance" (If you're talking about me, forget them both; accept me, or go on your way.) Tolerance is not good enough.
"diversity"...as in diversity training...what does that mean?
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Just one article: What Diversity & Inclusion Is Really About by Joerg Schmitz
My point in all of this is to continue my own thinking process about words, thoughts, and (maybe) their related actions, under the theory that these all have energy to effect my reality.
MUCH more will be coming on this front, but in the meantime, consider this little test:
Pick up a pencil/pen and try to toss it across the room.
Did it leave your hand? If so, you didn't try, you actually tossed it successfully.
If you just try, the pencil never leaves your hand.
See you later with more.