Using the Force for Good

Words. Seemingly innocuous little squiggles on a page or sounds falling out of a mouth. They have become the blocks with which we build our understanding of ourselves and each other. With them we can build and we can destroy.

In all languages, written, spoken or sung, each word is a primal creative force. As conscious business people, it’s up to us to choose how we use that force.

My bias? I’m all for using the force for good. Especially now when words of all kinds are spinning more and more widely into hurtful rhetoric. When the listening part of the communication equation is MIA and words are more like RPG’s than handshakes.

When social structures fall apart something needs to fill that space. I believe, as conscious business people, we can be that something.

I believe we have an opportunity, here and now, to make our contributions even more meaningful – the chance to pull out of the roiling verbal spin-out and inhabit the clear, steady center of the wheel. We have the chance to incite calm dialog, to create spaces of deep, respectful listening, to invite people to join us in revolutionary thoughtfulness and radical kindness.

Here are some thoughts about how:

  • Be extra, super mindful and intentional with our own words. Maybe take 3 deep breaths before sharing them.
  • Think for ourselves. Avoid group-think as much as possible. Step away from anything triggering before important conversations or before writing emails and articles.
  • Do the hard work of looking at our own unconscious assumptions. They show up as beliefs that feel too sacred to question. Look at them and then consciously choose to keep or to release that belief.
  • Give ourselves extra time and space before making decisions. Really consider how far and wide-reaching are the effects of this choice. Be very clear about what’s motivating the choice and/or action.
  • Stay – or become – connected with a community where we feel heard and that encourages thoughtful conversation, preferably one that meets in person at least some of the time. This could be a book group, a faith community, a mastermind, a morning coffee…
  • And finally…self-care, self-care, self-care and more self-care. Making sure we’re doing something daily to ground in that clear, steady center of the wheel space.

Now it’s your turn. What would you add?

Tracie Nichols writes poetry and facilitates group writing experiences from under the wide reach of two old Sycamore trees in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is the co-founder of the Embodied Writers writing group and a Transformative Language Artist helping women write themselves home. You can find Tracie on her website.

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