Our Vocabulary

Words are the symbols by which we live. How often do we allow them to rule us, rather than we them? Here’s an example: How awesome is “awesome”?  It seems like there’s an inflation factor in the use of words.  People, nowadays, are always seeming trying to make things better or more attractive than what they are. The use of the word “awesome” is one of the words that prove my point. If we were to stumble upon something that is truly awesome, what words would we use to describe them? We wouldn’t really have anything, as that word has … Continue reading

The Words We Offer, The Gifts We Give

Ok, so after a week of working on the computer, and preparing for a speech contest, I’m able to get back on and put up a post.  This post is about a speech that I’m giving in the Toastmaster’s International Speech Contest. It’s a direct result of the work that I am choosing to do with helping people to understand how things affect their lives, as well as how their lives affect the environment (including other people). Words are probably (in my estimate) the greatest influence in our lives, after we begin to learn how to use them. Hence, this … Continue reading

Introversion Versus Extroversion

Ok, I have a joke.  How many introverts does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer? “Why does this have to be a group activity?” Ok, ok, another one… I’d like to see the airlines re-do their seating arrangements. Forget first-class, business class, and cargo. Divide the passengers up into extroverts and introverts. Give the extroverts the front of the aircraft; the introverts, the back. I, being an introvert, have my reasons for this. You’ve never heard of a plane backing into a mountain, right?! Ok,ok, I have one more… Did you hear about the introvert who … Continue reading

What Love Is or Does

What Love Is or Does… Thoughts by ten people with smarts infinitely greater than mine: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~~ Lao Tzu “We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.” ~~ Nietzsche “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” ~~ J.A. Baldwin “Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” ~~ Lucias Annaeus Seneca “Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which … Continue reading

“I Am” Versus “Am I”

“I am” versus “Am I” are thoughts that can lead us down the road to a better understanding of ourselves.

We grow up hearing things about ourselves that come from so many different people. These other people give us their limited subjective opinion of us as a human being. The problem is, many of us grow up believing their words to a great degree. Enemies, angry people, friends, relatives, CLOSE relatives, all have something to tell us about who we are in regard to being human. Many receivers of those messages adopt those views and ultimately take those thoughts away, limiting their lives by saying “I am a ‘this’,” or “I am a ‘that.'” Without thinking critically, we grow up believing these lies that are put into our heads. Continue reading