Speak kindly

Greetings, fellow adventurers and friends off the beaten path,

Just returned from a trip to Detroit, where I went with a courageous friend to join her for a day in her element.  Stopping at the Heidelberg Project, I take with me Tyree Guyton’s thoughts:

“We live in a world today, where a lot of us are afraid to see the beauty that exists amongst chaos.”

heidelberg project

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The power of conversation

Hello friends, fellow travelers, colleagues,

A weekend away does wonders for my creativity and resolve, can you tell?

I recently finished reading Lynn Twist’s “The Soul of Money,” which I had picked up at a library book sale. Although I found the title a bit bizarre, the book itself is well worth a read (and re-read, I think). Her thoughts on conversation got me thinking. She writes:

“CONVERSATION CREATES THE CONTEXT OF LIFE     We think we live in the world. We think we live in a set of circumstances, but we don’t. We live in our conversation about the world and our conversation about the cirumstances. When we’re in a conversation about fear and terror, about revenge and anger and retribution, jealousy and envy and comparison, then that is the world we inhabit. If we’re in a conversation about possibility, a conversation about gratitude and appreciation for the things in front of us, then that’s the world we inhabit. I used to think that the words we say simply represent our inner thoughts expressed. Experience has taught me that it is also true that the words we say create our thoughts and our experience, and even our world.” (The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist, p.208-209)

Interesting, right? It got me to reflect on conversation(s) in my own life.  And it reminds me of a comment recently posted by a literary colleague. She wanted to know, how to avoid competition and envy from creeping into an entrepreneur’s salon. In WES (see my recent post) we are very aware of the power of conversation and of words. I would suggest choosing members who realize that only a positive and productive approach is acceptable in your group. Having firm ground rules also helps direct conversation along positive and constructive lines. Our WES rules include: no to whining/ complaining or talking about spouses/ children, and yes to sharing challenges, accomplishments and goals.

Signing off for today, but not without sharing this photo and… remember to look up! 🙂

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