Good morning, and welcome to the end of the week. It’s Friday, you guys! We made it!
I wanted to take some time today to thank you all for a wonderful week! It may have seemed like we stuck with, shall we say, some less than serious topics, but the truth is that I love all of our conversations, and that you inspire me more than you might think.
Today’s inspiration comes courtesy of my wonderful friend Bonnie – thanks Bon! She sent me an article that I want to share with you. You can read the full piece by clicking here, but basically, the author suggests that changes in our society can be traced by observing the trends in our written language:
A recent study of books published between 1960 and 2008 found that individualistic words and phrases (like “personalized,” “self,” and “I come first”) began to be used more frequently, and communal words and phrases (like “community,” “share,” and “common good”) receded. In another study, it was found that words associated with humility (like “modesty” and “humbleness”) dropped by 52%, and words associated with compassion (like “kindness” and “helpfulness”) dropped by 56%.
I know; evidence that we’re becoming less compassionate as a society is probably not quite the inspiration you were expecting, is it?
But here’s what I loved about this article. It made me think: if the words we use change along with our society, doesn’t that mean that the words we use can also change us, and our society, in some pretty sweeping, far-reaching ways? And doesn’t that pretty much make us all into superheroes? Doesn’t that pretty much give us all the power to create exactly the kind of homes and lives and really, the whole entire planet that we want?
I’d certainly like to think so.
“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” – Sylvia Plath
See? Inspiring! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Be a superhero and tell someone you love that you love them, would you?