Reshape Language – Reshape Thinking

November 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As humans we spend a lot of time describing, labelling, differentiating, determining, discussing and justifying to ourselves and others, about our individual and shared experiences and ultimately potential or what’s possible. We are processing constantly, this is our thinking, the language or communication we use within or verbalise to others. Our words and subsequent actions are a product of this thinking, so in order to make changes, deal with the challenges of life and positively engage and connect to the opportunities that exist we must first reflect on reshaping language that limits us on this journey.

Aimee Mullins’ talk uses her own life experience to illustrate the importance of this point. She herself has a vision of her potential that is not reflected by definitions or labels that others may use. Doorways to authentically engage with life, experience successes and challenges with a positive attitude, and make a difference within her spheres of influence have been opened for her, rather than restricted or closed along the journey. She has been able to move beyond the limits and labels that can be created through the language that we use for ourselves or others around us.

We live in an interdependent world. Each of us is on a journey which can impact our shared potential when we don’t honour the range of capabilities that exist. As Aimee discusses, language allows us to evolve. Adaption has always been central to our life on Earth and is still front and centre today as we evaluate opportunities to best care for humans, animals and the precious environment that sustains our existence. Choices, thoughts, language and actions are made by individuals and groups that can empower creativity, potential and opportunities through connection to self, others and the world around us. Alternatively, by continuing to remain stalled or bogged down in problems and disconnection, individuals and groups limit adaption and what’s possible.

Consider the language we use everyday. Imagine the shift if individually and collectively we used language like opportunities rather than problems. Or as Aimee discusses striving for possibility rather than normalcy, honouring the rare and valuable contribution that each of us is able to make rather than having to fit into a comfortable box that actually limits our potential and ability to connect. I love the way that Aimee describes adversity as just change we haven’t adapted to yet. What can we achieve when we are open and engaged, exploring the possibilities, discovering our potential and then acting authentically? This is our journey, the way we interact with ourselves, others and the world around us, the thoughts, words and actions that make up our days.

“Isn’t it wonderful that none of us need wait a moment before starting to change the world.”

– Anne Frank

We don’t need permission or to wait for a certain time to reshape the language that we use. Each of us can open the door and reshape our own daily thoughts, words and actions. This in turn can as Aimee describes, give the key to others to do the same. We are able to inspire through our own example. Our individual and shared belief in self and others can empower and allow each of us ‘to be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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