18 July 2010

The power of words.

It was a beautiful night to sit on the porch, listening to the hundreds of crickets and night birds that inhabit my yard. Earlier in the day we had a couple of hours of much needed rain which cooled things off and created that fresh clean smell that follows a good rain storm. Life is not only good, but it’s there to experience. Get outside!

While sitting there in the rocking chair, I was thinking about words and language. Actually, one word, the word “hate”. It’s a very strong word and in my opinion it is the most negative word I know. I have been for some time trying to eliminate the word from my vocabulary.

So instead of saying “I hate”, I say “I dislike” or “I don’t care for”. There are many ways to say you don’t like something without using the word “hate”. I do feel more at peace and more positive when I don’t use that word. There is no way to use the word and feel good when saying it. There is no way to use it in a sentence without putting force on the word “hate”.

Practice not using that word. I promise you will feel better and see positive results.


17 July 2010

Tiny bits of Freedom.

Most of this year I’ve been learning to minimize in a lot of areas in my life. I’ve cleaned out closets, drawers and the attic. I’ve reduced the amount of time I spend driving. I buy only the items I need from the grocery store and no longer make impulse buys or purchase anything without making absolutely sure I need whatever it is.
I’ve also learned to minimize in the area of language. Say only the words necessary to make a point. I complain less. (When you have less stuff, there’s less to complain about). Instead of complaining about the weather (which we can’t control) I’ve learned to embrace it. It is what it is!
As a result of minimizing, I feel great. I love the feeling of getting rid of stuff. I love the floor space I now have in the house, the closet space I now have. Minimizing is invigorating. I encourage everyone to get rid of the stuff you don’t need.