Words Into Matter

If our thoughts create our world, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that saying the words aloud could change the invisible into Matter? Creatio ex nihilo?

Well, this thought sprouted wings after reading how Pinterest successfully drives traffic to websites. As I was updating my Pinterest board, I quickly learned working on Pinterest is no easy task. And I made my job more difficult when I decided to name my board the Daily Mind F-ck.

I needed visitors to open their minds when they saw my boards. So, I used words that would have the desired effect. I discovered I was the first one to have my mind blown.

Initially, I had several boards divided into sections. Then I thought – how cool it would be to give the board a magazine-feel. I formatted the boards’ entitled quintessence, black press, semantics, media and entertainment, oh stewardess, higher learning finance, wardrobe wish list, and a magic bag of tricks into sections on Daily Mind F-ck board. Since the titles didn’t hit the right tone, I used the Latin origin of each.

And that’s when the power of words came into view!

Quintessence became its Latin equivalent Quinta Essentia, the fifth essence. The perfect embodiment of what it possesses.

Since the Black Press is the conscience of mainstream media, using Perspicere, Latin for I see clearly or see-through seemed accurate.

Semantics is now Semanticus, the study of meanings. I’ve been fascinated with symbols and meanings since I learned the word “why.”

Media and Entertainment are Medius & Intertenere, and here’s where the meanings speak to their function. Medius means in the middle and Inter / Tenere means “between/among” and “to have, hold, or possess.” The Latin etymology of Media and Entertainment screams distract and possess.

I exchanged Subdiunare for Oh Stewardess, which in my opinion, is a better fit since subdiunare means to spend the day (anywhere).

Redemptio is Latin for ransom. Ransom was the original meaning of finance until it wasn’t. So, when I was pinning scholarship information, I was sharing ways to finance higher education. With the outstanding student loans now estimated to be nearly $1.5 trillion, paying a ransom to redeem an education is an appropriate description.

Investire replaced the wardrobe wish list. After searching for a Latin word that indicates clothing, I settled on Investire, “to clothe.” Its Latin origin of investiture is related to investing or ceremonial dress. It was a perfect substitution for a “wardrobe wish list.”.

And finally, the section formerly known as “Magic Bag of Tricks” is now Alkimia, the Latin word for alchemy (transformation of Matter).

So, there you have it. After my painstaking investigation and longwinded explanation, I realized there’s no such thing as ‘bad’ words. Instead, some words produce desired and undesired intention when spoken.

The denotation of some words may have changed over the centuries, but can we rule out that the original meaning of these words when spoken won’t manifest in our lives?

English has its foundation in Latin, French, and PIE (Proto-Indo-European) languages. In the United States, we also have quite a few Bantu words that have entered the language. All loaded with undiscovered meanings. Therefore, as the meme suggests, use words wisely. And the good news is many of the younger generations will be equipped to do just that.

The New York Times (2008) and the 74 (2017) reported that after 50 years, Latin is making a comeback in U. S. public schools.

I wouldn’t be surprised if all those children who read the Harry Potter books (1997-2007) decided to cast a spell to resurrect the dead language. This way, they would be better equipped to work their magic.

By the way, do you pin? What is your Pinterest strategy? How do you use it?

Wild Fires

Years ago,  Smokey Bear was most famous for his admonishment:

“Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”

He would point directly at the camera, and we knew Smokey meant business.

Today, when I hear of wildfires burning out of control, Smokey’s words are the first thing that comes to mind.

” ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES,” he’d warn.

The second thing that comes to mind is relationships. How we behave to others around us.

When I hear of relationships spiraling out of control, I think of Smokey saying,

Only You Can Prevent Your Relationships from going up in flames.

Now you may point a finger and ask about the other person.  You may wonder why they can’t share some of the blame.

And if I were Smokey, the honorary forest ranger, I’d say because you are the common denominator in any of your relationships. What you bring to those relationships, i.e., your internal condition will affect them all.

For example, if I have trust issues, then no one will be trustworthy.  Not my spouse, my friends, my employer, my co-workers; not even my children. Whatever is navigating my life course, whether it be the 7 Deadly (wrath, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, pride, sloth) or LOVE,  it will be how I’ll steer my relationship with others.   It will be the lens through which I see everything.

It doesn’t matter if I’m ‘sexing’ in a marriage or in an affair; guiding in my parental duties; working; supervising; befriending; I am the captain of the SHIP, so to speak, and how I lead is where each of my relationships will go during the journey.

If I’m divorced, happily married, separated, partnered, have happy children who adore me, have children that despise me, fired, laid off, living from paycheck-to-paycheck, gainfully employed, at the helm of a thriving  business; a failing enterprise,  happy clients, dissatisfied customers, a boss that sings my praises; a boss who wishes I’d call in dead, coworkers that want me on their team; coworkers who hide when I come in the front door, friendless, or experiencing thriving friendships, have parents who adore me, parents that hate me, loving relatives, or relatives that are ghost, will be all because of me.

I was reminded of this oneness on Sunday, June 10, 2012, as we were flying into Denver Airport.

Photo Credit: Aerial View/Larimer County Wildfires (c) 2012

In this photo, you can see an aerial view (at 10,000 feet) of the wildfires that are burning out of control in Larimer County, Colorado.

When our “Ship” hit moderate-to then severe turbulence,  it would be an understatement, to say it rocked our “boat.”

We made a choice to fly that day, but the atmospheric conditions made flying difficult at best.

The wildfires were burning out of control about 10,000 feet below us and northwest of our destination. The air above the fires, whirling  Eddies, appeared to cause the turbulence.  I wondered if our ship would go down if the captain piloting didn’t maintain the plane’s distance and altitude? That’s allegedly what happened to the fatal Utah Air Tankers fighting forest fires, the prior week.

Photo Credit: Aerial View/Larimer County Wildfires (c) 2012

“We didn’t start the fire,” as Billy Joel sang, it was burning long before we got there.  But for a few moments, we got caught up in its rage, and it became apparent to me.

“Internal conditions could affect everything outside and around it.”

If I had a fire raging inside of me, I thought, could I bring
down all around me?

What if I had an abundance of LOVE coursing through my very being would I be able to lift everyone around me to new heights?

I accept I set the course and navigate my relationships to their destination.

You too are the captain of your relationSHIPs.

So, look around you.  Look at your life.

Our lives are made up of moments.

Those moments make up the experiences.

The experiences make our relationships.

What do you see?

If you don’t like where you are heading remember you can
always change course.

Only You Can  Make the Change

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#TBT -Throwback Thursday.  I found this old post while updating my site. When I noticed the date of August 22, 2017 – I just had to post. Thank you for reading.

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Believing is Seeing

“Sometimes things can’t be explained they just need to be believed”

Merry In-Laws (2012)

An open mind will see possibilities; a made-up mind will gather evidence for what it already believes. Sometimes at the expense of a life filled with happiness.

And such is the case in the Christmas film “Merry In-Laws.”

Peter, a kindergarten teacher, must convince his fiancee’ Alex Spencer, that her soon-to-be inlaws are Santa and Mrs. Claus. Alex is an astrophysicist trained in finding proof. But Peter needs her to believe, without reason, before his parents come to town.

But first, he must overcome his beloved’s meddling astrophysicist father who taught her that Santa Claus is a myth. Alex tries to believe. But she loses faith when her ex-boyfriend brings photographs to prove that Peter is using “my parents are the Clauses” story to hide his alleged infidelity. Unfortunately, it’s easier for Alex to believe a lie before her eyes than the truth that would leave her at odds with her father. Alex’s son, 6-year-old Max, has seen the proof that Santa is real but it isn’t enough to convince Alex. She confesses, Santa let her down when she was a child. And without hard evidence, Alex is determined not to fall for the Santa story again.

Except Santa and Mrs. Claus, played by George Wendt and Shelley Long of the long-running TV sitcom “Cheers”, are hard to resist. The two, using elfin magic, help the family, including Alex’s mother, a trained psychologist. Together they knock down the walls the family erected to keep their world orderly.

SPOILER ALERT

By the film’s end, Alex gets her wish of charting the Christmas Star. And in doing so, we learn it’s an open-heart that opens the mind. Only then can we see what’s hidden, but right in front of us all the time.

#wednesdaywisdom #christmasinjuly #loveoverlogic

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