Day 4. Written late on 10/4...unable to post until now
Busy day. I have been working on a piece,but clearly, at this
point, it is not going to be done today.
Right now (10:45pm) I am sitting in Eat N'
Park (for non-Pittsburghers, it is a 24 hour restaurant chain), drinking coffee
and waiting to pick up a friend at the airport. 11:30pm arrival. What kind of
nonsense is that?
So I am thinking about the power of words. It is an
important topic which will be discussed at length sometime during this October
project. But today I just want to plant a seed.
You know how you
sometimes want something little to eat, just a snack, not sure what, aren't
really hungry just want a nibble? You get it. I wanted coffee - the airport is
an hour from home - and a bite. Just couldn't put a finger on what. When
Anthony, my very nice waiter brought coffee, he offered to answer any
questions I had about the menu. I told him the only question I had was, "What do
I want to eat?"
Without hesitation, he said, "French Toast Smile with bacon!"
then walked away to give me more time.
I looked over the menu, but all I
could hear in my head was "French Toast Smile" - which, by the way, I have never
Anthony laughed when I placed my French Toast Smile order. But once he said it,
especially with such conviction, it was all I could see on the
Obviously, this was not a life altering decision. And you might
discount the importance of a late night meal choice. But here is the truth -
words are powerful, and that power cannot distinguish between important
decisions and unimportant ones.
Words you say stick in people's heads, affect
their thought processes, may alter decisions they make.
Words you allow into
your head affect you in the same way.
Will you do this with me...will you
think about this for the next few days?
Think about the words you choose and
the tone you use. How may those words affect people?
Think about the words you allow in. The television shows you
watch, the conversations you join, the thoughts you entertain. Notice how much
you complain or bean your circumstances. How may those words affect you?
I will do the same.
We will talk
again about this soon.
Back to my French Toast...