If words have power (they do) and our thoughts create (they do) then we should pay much more attention to both. Therefore I think it’s high time we change our verbiage. We label almost everything as a war or a fight, and because of our language, we do battle, daily. There is a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on women, a war against obesity and a war on crime. We fight heart disease. We fight illiteracy. We fight cancer. We fight the traffic.
We casually say we “hate” most everything, or we’ll say that something is, “to die for.” And without a second thought, we say about a headache, backache, or allergies, they’re “killing me.” We take possession of things we don’t need and don’t want, by saying, “my problem is…” or “my bad knees.”
As a means of complimenting something we envy, we say that we’d “kill for it.” Really? This negativity is built into our everyday language, and we’re putting it out there hundreds of times a day! Yet we don’t even know we’re saying it, because we have become unconscious of it. I know I was, until my therapist pointed it out to me. Then I did two things:
- I began to pay attention to all the times, and all the things I said “I hated.”
- I stopped saying that and began to reframe my thinking. Did I really hate this thing? How else could I express myself?
Let’s find other words to use.
Let’s use our words to affect a positive change.
Let’s focus on what we DO WANT instead of what we don’t.
Let’s CURE illness. Let’s INCREASE literacy. Let’s REDUCE poverty. Let’s CREATE a decrease in crime and drug dependency. We can FIGURE out our feelings for food; ENLIGHTEN our educational system, and MOVE toward wellness.
How many more negative, everyday words can you think of?