BLOG 253—Don’t waste your words
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!
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*** After living in my van and traveling to all US states, I married Beth on 2/22/22.
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TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK — Good Language Skills are Essential!
WHAT YOU SAY
How we speak and use language is so important. If you can master communication skills, that will lead to a better life. No matter what age you are or what your status is in life, you CAN improve. If you know me, I have undergone many changes, and my speech reflected my thoughts.
“HOW ARE YOU?”
So often, I hear these words, and most times, people even care. People often say this common wordage because they can’t think of anything else. One thing I do is comment positively about how they look or what they’re doing. This is a much better way to get a conversation started. Start this new habit for yourself.
HERE ARE SOME GOOD DISCUSSION STARTERS >>
If you could travel through time, what time would you visit?
What’s the best concert you’ve seen?
Do you root for any particular sports teams?
What’s the worst job you’ve had?
What’s the number one item on your bucket list?
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What’s your go-to comfort food?
What pet peeve drives you the craziest?
What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?
What websites are a waste of time?
What’s your favorite hobby?
Which do you like the most: dogs or cats?
Are you a morning person, or do you like to stay up late?
What five albums would you take to a desert island?
What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?
Do you like your job?
Have you ever met anyone famous?
How did you and your partner meet?
What apps do you use the most?
CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY
Always think before you open your mouth. Take the time to organize your thoughts before you delve into any subject. It is better to listen more than speak.
YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS
The words you speak both reflect and shape your reality. All the more reason to say what you mean — and mean what you say. The way you use language, whether you’re talking with others or to yourself, goes a long way toward shaping your experiences. It also reveals much about how you think, feel, and function. How you speak is how you are.
With or without your awareness, the choices of words you use to program your thoughts and beliefs — and broadcast them. They can support or betray your intentions. When you speak with others, they will immediately know how you think.
I am writing about the art of using language more consciously and in the service of your highest desires. From the surprising power of the keyboard and declarations to the value of saying more of what you mean and less of what you don’t, we explore how language defines your experience and how it shapes your connections with others.
Our culture trains us to talk a lot — and often without reflection. Daily, we speak most of our sentences automatically and reactively–take your time. We rarely pause to consider the meaning and intention (or lack thereof) embedded in each utterance.
Neurological and linguistic research demonstrates that, as humans, we are hardwired to react to words in subtle and powerful ways — often at a subconscious level. To a significant extent, we are programmed by the words we speak and hear.
The study of Conscious Language is an exploration of how we can leverage this trait to our advantage through thoughtful speech patterns and empowering word choices. It strives to increase awareness of how vague, negative, and self-limiting language works against us.
In much the same way that physical postures and “power poses” have been shown to influence our capacity and outcomes, our use of language can influence our mental/emotional states. It can also determine the responses we receive from others.
SPEAK MORE ABOUT THEM
One of the simplest ways to begin leveraging Conscious Language is to notice and then thoughtfully adjust your use of any words or phrases following the word “I” — especially “I am.” Avoid that use of words, and you will be a much better communicator.
Conscious Language experts suggest that within the neurocircuitry of our body-mind, the words “I am” function as a declaration, predisposing us to create the realities we are speaking. Our subconscious self tends to process language literally, meaning phrases like “I’m busy” or “I’m confused” are more likely to perpetuate those states than to relieve them.
With this in mind, you might consider swapping disempowering phrases like “I’m exhausted” or “I’m stressed out” with more empowering (yet still honest) statements like “I’m ready for some relaxation.” Note that this differs from repeating positive affirmations you don’t perceive as accurate (a strategy that can backfire, creating cognitive dissonance).
RECLAIMING YOUR WORDS
When you first begin reformulating your word choices, it can scramble your brain a bit. At first, saying exactly and only what you mean can make it hard to say anything at all. So it helps to consider this effort an ongoing exploration.
As you begin to speak more consciously, you’ll find you’re not the only one who benefits. You’ll enjoy more honest conversations and more productive collaborations by expressing yourself more accurately, specifically, and clearly. You might even inspire friends and colleagues to follow suit.
A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Why not learn a different dialect?
Learning a different language will open your mind in many ways.
Remember, these words when you open your mind.
WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE?
WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU!
Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. They are so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy, happiness, and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others. Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.
I HOPE TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS
WORDS HAVE POWER!
Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.
How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking.
WHEN YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
YOU CHANGE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking —and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words.
But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN,
OR ARE DIFFERENT –
YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.
Positive and inspiring quotes are like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life.
They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
REMEMBER–VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.
In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
READ OPTIMISTIC QUOTES
I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS AID YOU >>
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese Proverb
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne
“A new language is a new life.” – Persian proverb
“Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.” – Frank Smith
“One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people.” – Turkish Proverb
“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” – Roger Bacon
“We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve student performance in other subjects.” – Richard Riley
“The limits of my languages means the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“He who knows no foreign languages know nothing of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.” – William Gibson
“Do you know what a foreign accent is? A sign of bravery.” – Amy Chua
“Change your language, and you change your thoughts” – Karl Albrecht
“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edward de Waal
“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini
“We invent the world through language. The world occurs through language.” – Mal Pancoast
COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!
MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
It seems time is going faster all the time. Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Keep track for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
12/30–We lost air in one of the used tires and had to replace it. Still, the price is less than the price of a new tire. I still have faith (me having faith, hmm) I will let you know if this one is bad. Right now, it looks like some excellent threads.
12/31–Icy today, awakening to frost on the gardens. In the afternoon, I built a new table to hold the water barrel. Basically, it’s too cold to do anything.
We had the rabbits out, though. Two are lost in the kitchen, and they are having a great time.
And Jemma-dog has been having a terrific time, too.
1/1/2024–I must admit, I slept through the new year, as usual. Hope you had a celebratory time if that’s what you aimed for. I’ve heard that this year, 2024, will be difficult for humans. You must plan, prepare, and stay ahead this year.
Worked more on the stand for the rainwater collector to go on. The battery on the drill died. I have another drill, but I cannot find it currently.
1/2–Hmm, what did I do today? And what did you do?
We did have a nice fire, though.
1/3–To Greenwood today to pick up food for people we know who need it. Turned out I got quite a bit, which will help many.
1/4–I am off to Costco again today to pick up the necessary items. But first, I went by Tires Plus (where I have a lifetime alignment guarantee.) It turned out good; my van is impressive–it keeps going and going.
Today is the anniversary of Beth’s parents. 66 years married, a remarkable feat (and they have nice feet, too.)
1/5–Woke to frost on the gardens this morning, yikes. I decided it was time for another haircut. I use a clipper to cut all the hair on my head. So, I went to the front yard and took care of it; on the lawn, the hair would mix in with grass and compost.
It’s been a few days–shower time! I have found ways to do things I often do, such as showering, as fast and perfectly as possible. A shower takes less than three minutes for me (I have known people underwater for 20 minutes!) And I use less than a gallon of water (I have known some who use twenty gallons for a washup.) Determine what you often do and find ways to do these tasks more efficiently.
I’ve not been to a barber for many years. Either cutting it myself or having a non-barber cut it. Haircuts can be over a hundred bucks nowadays; I like my price much better.
MAKE A FABULOUS WEEK FOR YOURSELF THIS WEEK!
YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
Just recently, I did this challenge, as I often do.
If you know you will pass by a rubbish can, look around for any trash you can toss in. Get in the habit of doing this all the time, and we will all live on a cleaner and better Earth.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE — MAKE YOUR LEGACY HAPPEN!
DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY,
THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
NEXT BLOG >>
We have a shelf I built above the bedroom window.
I am finishing it up this week.
You will see photos.
AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?