Seth Godin doesn't like the words "global warming" or "climate change" - they are not severe enough terms and leave things too vague, creating a gap for deniers. He thinks we should call it "atmosphere cancer".
Because words matter.
They shape us and they shape our reality.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".
This should be true. We should override other people's hurtful words, but fact is, that for most people words can cripple, for life.
"I'm scared of putting myself out there and it feels safer not to" a client once told me, referring to pursuing their dream, which excited them, and filled them with purpose and joy.
Safer? Sounds to me like this version of "safety" would kill their joy, purpose and excitement as well. What's safe about that?
Words matter, so choose them wisely.
They can deeply hurt others (and yourself), they can dismiss the severity of a situation, they can cause pain, and they can prevent you from living a happy life.
Just like words can bring joy, connection, love and healing.
Because, words matter. So, why not give more attention to how you use them? Towards yourself, as well as others.
What's the story you tell yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
But remember - it's your life, your choice!
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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