“No more language for wild things.”*
Wild things shouldn’t be tamed. They should be free. And yet, how often do we end up taming ourselves when it comes to our messaging?
Recently, I was called out for doing this. I was trying incredible hard to make sure I wouldn't be misunderstood by my audience.
“You’re making this harder than it needs to be,” I was told. Clearly this person didn't know me, but they were right.
I was using language to tame something wild within. I was trying to tame myself, my work, and my message for the approval of others and in the process, destroying the beauty of what I had to share.
Words have their own frequency.
It is important to choose the right ones in order to communicate clearly. But it’s even more important, to me at least, to let wild things remain, wild. After all, wasn't it Rumi who said:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing
there is a field where the wild things are.
I'll meet you there.
Okay… maybe I modified that little. But still... I’ll meet you there.
Take a look, an honest look at where you’re using dulled down or generic language for the wild things in your life and work. Ask yourself, why and for who’s sake?
Does the taming of your message feel expansive or contractive? Does it make you feel like you can freely connect with others or does it leave you feeling caged and confined? What are you going to do about it?
* Quote by Martin Shaw
I make videos about the things I and the people I serve, need to hear.