Are You Using a Dark Vocabulary?

Be mindful of the power of the words that you use to describe yourself or to even use while thinking about yourself.  Those words, that vocabulary, has the power to shape you.  Caroline Myss reminds us of that power when she says:

In order to maintain a wound, in order to maintain an image, a dark image, you have to maintain a dark vocabulary. You have to haunt yourself, in other words.  You have to have a dark vocabulary . . . . constantly retelling haunting tales to yourself or about somebody.

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Our Minds Crave Stories

“Our minds crave them – stories, that is.   We have a human need to create our own tales that encapsulate the realities we come in contact with and give them personal meaning.  The eerie part is that we do it unknowingly.  Most of us start the scriptwriting with ourselves and branch out from there, making sure to include cameo appearances by next door neighbors, a splash backdrop of world history to set the stage, and at least one or two heroes and villains to make the plot interesting. Our parents, siblings, and spouses are the usual suspects.”  Nick Polizzi

Our Minds Crave Story

The Power of Someone Else’s Story: A Lesson Learned from Woody Allen

Do we ever really pay attention to what our kids are thinking about? Do we help guide them into self-discovery? Or do we teach that one must conform regardless of the price to self? Do we listen long enough to know what they spend their time and energy on?

What story are your kids having to carve out for themselves now? And who will your kids be at 35?

Watch this short scene from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall that demonstrates the disconnect that happens in the socialization that occurs in the classroom. My apologies for my low-tech approach. I could not get the clip to start where I want it to start. It starts at the 3 minutes and 45 seconds (3:45) marker and ends at 5:15.

Looking back, how did your story turn out?