Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ambiguous Language

The following is an excerpt from a blog on SAMBA, a sixth month alternative to an MBA blog offered by Seth Godin, author of many business books including Purple Cow,which I am currently reading.


We often use ambiguous language to shield ourselves from reality.

We say we want get "healthy" because it's easier to say than "lose 30 pounds".

I made "some" sales calls yesterday...hides the fact that we only made "3".

Declaring to our colleagues that someday we'd like to run for a "national office" because we're too embarrassed to say "I want to run for President."

Words are incredibly powerful (much more powerful than most of us will ever realize).  They have the power to create and the power to destroy.  Often times, the only thing preventing you from making the changes you need to make, is the words you use to describe them.  Choose wisely.


James 5:12 states, Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned.


Some times, we use words to shield ourselves or others from the truth. Relationships do not hold up well to ambiguous speech. We hate it when politicians do it. We might even call it "lying."


Check your speech today. Be clear and honest in your statements and assessments. Be bold. Foster loving relationships through unambiguous speech.


The Rev. Jim Liberatore, Rector
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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