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
Have you ever known someone who treats someone, or everyone, as though no one ever gets a second chance?
Do you close the relationship and lock out a person who has disappointed you or do you grant a second chance when it has been earned? Kevin May, photographer
They simply slam the door on anyone who has fallen from grace by admitting to infidelity in a relationship, lawbreaking, an addiction to an unhealthy lifestyle, or even holding a contrary point of view. Continue reading
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Even if you have never heard this quote before, no doubt you have heard the idea that it’s the tough things in life that make you
No matter how terrifying the situation is at the time, looking back on it always elicits a sense of pride in your accomplishment and recognition for your own courage.
stronger. So, what really happens after you do the thing you think you cannot do? Continue reading