By Cindy Yantis
"In Love With Words"
That's the title I gave one of my Pinterest categories. I'm a bit late in the game on Pinterest, but I've become slightly obsessed. It's one of the most creative time sucks ever invented!
My love affair with words only intensifies with each passing day. As a writer, the hunt for the perfect word is a mind-bending expedition that can end in a second or can become a witch-hunt for that elusive term or turn-of-phrase or line of dialog.
While procrastinating last night, which is really another way of saying my brain was germinating on the right words to put on paper, I went on the cool wordart site, Wordl, where you can create word clouds. I plugged in some words from this blog site to create a Thought Changer Cloud. It came out looking like this:
It reminded me of an article I posted over two years ago about the infinite and palpable power of words and the responsibility that comes along with our ability to use them to their greatest effect. Here some of that message is again. It's worth a reminder.
Words can maim someone’s spirit, inspire people into action, teach a life lesson, increase the value of a person, place or thing, encourage, discourage, make people laugh, cry or pause, fire people, hire people or make someone’s day.
Here are some thoughts on how you can use your words more effectively:
- Be impeccable with your word – the first of the “The Four Agreements” written by Don Miguel Ruiz who said, “Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Use the power of your word to the direction of truth…”
- Don’t project your issues on others – own your own crap by not using hurtful words to make your problems someone else’s
- Ask questions – show an interest by being honestly inquisitive in people and situations
- Remember and use people’s names – it’s a simple recognition that raises the level of connection between you and others
- Communicate, don’t alienate – kind directness gets much greater result than spite
- Think before you speak – take a pause and realize the effect your words may have
"The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet." ~ Ann Landers
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Cindy Yantis is the Thought Changer Blog owner & curator. She is a writer living in Los Angeles. For more info: CindyYantis.com
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