Why do you let words have power over you? I heard from some readers after I wrote about the controversary of using either ‘the n-word’ or the actual word. Some were offended that I dared to say
Words can hurt, and when you let them, they fester and become your master. To free yourself from the power of those words over you, take back the power through repeated use, until you have reduced them to mere words on paper.
nigger, even when calling it an offensive word. Some agreed that using substitutions for the word creates further barriers.
More than one suggested that using it repeatedly takes the power away from the word as a pejorative, the way homosexuals adopted use of the word queer and made it their own. (Remember, the original meaning of queer was ‘strange,’ or ‘odd,’ and only later did it become a slur.) Continue reading
As we celebrate our freedoms tomorrow, consider this: where lies your freedom?
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
~ Robert Frost
Robert Frost called his freedom being bold. Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Freedom lies within.”
Whether your freedom lies in being bold or it lies within yourself, your personal freedom starts when you choose to live by your own codes and values.
Celebrate your freedom each and every time you choose to be true to you.
When you are true to yourself you are honest with yourself. When you are true to yourself, you open your mind to new ideas and possibilities and to people who are different from you.
It’s a bold move on your part to make the choice to live in a new way. Make the bold step to change the things in your life that keep you from being free.
Life Is Honest, Open and True: You have the freedom to be exactly who you want to be. You can exercise your freedom whenever you choose.
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Today marks the first day of a major change for me at work. The head of our department has left the company and so, starting today, our group will take direction from a different person.
Grapes go through a gradual process called veraison whereby they transition from green to fully ripened fruit. This internal transformation can be seen in the external changes in color. Once the transition is completed, they are ready to realize their purpose, they are ready to be made into a fine wine.
This is the fourth such change in four years.
Do you know what makes change so hard? It’s not what you think it is. It’s not the change itself, because change happens in an instant. It’s not in your control.
You had a job, now you don’t. You were part of a couple, now you’re single. You were expecting a baby, now you aren’t. Continue reading