the words of our worlds 

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein 

I’m fascinated by language, how the words we choose tells our story, and how the emphasis we do or don’t give them impacts ourselves and others. 

I recall having to tell someone I couldn’t participate in an event they were organising. I explained my reasons as to why. The response received was a single word: ‘Thanks’. 

The word meant one thing, the response another. And I considered this and subsequently evolved my thinking and actions from this experience. Nowadays, instead of saying ‘Thanks’, I consciously say ‘Thank You’; – to acknowledge the person as well as the deed. 

My world and the impact on those I meet is more meaningful and authentic by this simple change. 

What changes have you made to the words you use that you’ve found useful?