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The Power of Words is Unbelievable

Last night as I sat at the ocean looking out at a dark sky full of brilliant stars, I remarked, “Incredible.” My friend responded by slowly rolling this word off her tongue, “Unbelievable.” And then, “Aren’t we blessed?” Somewhat amazed at my good fortune to be in this almost overwhelmingly beautiful place on Earth, I said, “It’s too good to be true.”

Stop. Rewind.

I remembered what my dear friend and mentor, Barbara Marx Hubbard pointed out to me many years ago. We tend to make incredible what is credible and unbelievable what should be believable. In the mind’s effort to save us from the disappointment of a fleeting moment of deep joy we say, “It’s too good to be true,” negating the exquisite feeling that touches our hearts. I suggest that the next time you see a magnificent sunset, don’t diminish it (and yourself) by saying “It’s as pretty as a picture.” Open to receive it completely and take it all in. It sure feels good.

This year, I invite you to join me in embracing the magnificence that surrounds us, by changing our words when we notice that they put a distance between us and the joy of Creation. To feel and proclaim, “It’s so magnificent it brings me to tears!” To fully experience the joy of accepting the gifts that abound by restating, “It is credible, believable, and yes, I am truly blessed.” This is the stuff of a positive revolution.

Our words not only empower us to feel the full magnificence of the creation we are, they pass it on to our next generations. My fifteen-year-old son, Michael, for example, just got a job teaching gymnastics at the local rec center. He loves it. I have to wonder if all of the years I intentionally said, “I am going to work now” instead of “I have to go to work now” made a difference in his subconscious. I know that my life changed from the moment I learned that I choose my actions rather than being bound by should, ought to, or have to. Imagine the impact on our world when our children know and experience the power of positive choices at an early age.

I hope you’ll co-create the positive revolution in 2006 by choosing words that emPOWER you, your family, your coworkers and your community. Experience the joy!

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