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

Chocolate’s Got It Goin’ On…

…and you might too, if you eat enough of it (But not 25 pounds of it (You’ll see)). To many, chocolate is that dark, magical, mystical answer to life (Imagine Madeline Kahn singing “Sweet Mystery of Life.”) (Well, ok, maybe not). But I hope you get the drift. Psychologically, chocolate is great, but, then again, I’m a guy. For quite a few women, from what I’ve read and been told direct from the source, is that women claim it’s fantastic! Again, I hope you get the drift. Men are not quite as influenced by the effects of chocolate as women … 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

Nothing But…

Are you a “nothing but” something? Nothing but an employee? Nothing but a student? Nothing but a…? Do you realize that there are so many facets in your life that you can never be a “nothing but…” ever? One person’s viewpoint cannot turn you into a “nothing but.” It’s impossible. Even if you agree with an individual’s view of you, that you are a “nothing but,” it’s an improper and impossible view to take and/or support. It’s called reductionism. It is what turns a human being into a thing in the minds of so many people, and in individuals’ minds, … Continue reading