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?