Powerful Words for the New Year
Posted by Thomas Edwards on January 2, 2018 3:55 PM EST
If you believe that new years can be new beginnings, think about the overwhelming power of words that begin with.....
...the letters "re".
In this blog space the three of us, me, Joe and Chip often pontificate about the importance of words as ways to shine the light on improvement opportunities or things that can help folks understand in different ways concepts where healthy living can become more tangible and believable. Words matter and whether we are highlighting how acronyms make meaning more meaningful and understandable, then it's only fair to think about words that have power during the transition from one year to the next.
So I was thinking about how many words that begin with the two letters "re" can connote a negative view of the year just passed. After all, there are some people who find it easier to think about the things that could have been better in the past year, than to think about and imagine new happenings and outcomes in the year ahead.
So, here's my list of words that begin with "re..." and are a pessimistic take on the year just passed. There could be more but honestly, I gave this a little bit of thought and below are the five words I came up with:
resign, remorse, regrets, retire, retreat
Now, as a demonstration of the power of positive thinking and positive acting, given the same amount of time, look at the length of the list of words that provide a positive angle for the year to come:
realign, rethink, reemerge, recover, reinvent, redesign, reengineer, resilience, retool, reconstruct, recoup, reposition, redeem, reclaim, resolution, remodel, renovate, reenergize, recreate, reimagine, reverse, reassure, redevelop, resurgence, revolution, reform, reformulate, repackage, resolve, repurpose, rehash, reverberate, recognize, redo and so on. And so on and on and on it goes....
Of course, this is not a scientific research project. But if there are so many powerful and positive ways to think about the strength of words that essentially suggest doing again, only better, to reclaim something lost, fix it and keep it fixed for better then why not have a New Years resolution to focus on how to make things better-versus finding fault with things done poorly or that have lost their impact?