A participant in the Create to Heal class, a two-time survivor of cancer, a thriver of life, picked "reverence" as her word in the moment. From this word in the moment, came a message in the moment and a creative insight.
To further describe reverence, she used many like words: respect, honor, kindness, attentive, special, caring, love, honor, awe. In the midst of these lovely "good" words came - pathetic - a little shock to the listening system. How brilliant!
To insert the "bad" word, without ceremony, without drama, without warning or emphasis. Just another word in a string of good words. Special, caring, pathetic, love, honor, awe ...
It captured everyone’s attention. “Good on you! Brilliant” I said! “You inserted pathetic and read on as though nothing significant had happened.”
“Patricia, nothing significant did happen. I said “empathetic.”
We all heard pathetic!
Brilliant all the same ... after we heard pathetic, the remaining words were somehow crisper, clearer, cleaner. More meaningful. AWE - inspiring.
So I ask you, what’s in a word?
WE can add or delete part of a word to change it’s meaning in an instant, changing one’s perspective in an instant. A blink of color, a blink of an em or un or less. A powerful reminder of how words affect us. Change us. IN.form us. De.light or light us.
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