The other day I was texting with my best friend. We were just chatting about what we were eating that day, as you do with your best friend. I was telling her that I’d just eaten this amazing brownie that I bought on my way to work. It was a raspberry brownie in the shape of a love heart which made it pretty much the best thing ever. In fact, the exact words I used were.
I am eating this raspberry brownie and it’s actually pretty life changing.
We joked about how if it was such a serious event in my life then we should stop and take stock of this amazing moment. We were joking, but it really did get me thinking about how flippantly we use certain words and certain phrases such a “life changing”.
I’m actually all for a little hyperbole and embellishment when it comes to storytelling or statement making but I’ve realised that in our day and age, it seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. I have this tendency to pick up words and verbal habits from peers and mass media – sometimes I catch myself saying things that don’t even really make sense. What’s the problem with this you ask? Is there really any harm in saying your brownie was life-changing?
Probably not. In fact, there’s really no problem with it. Sometimes we say crazy stuff like that just to make a point. I really just wanted to express to my bestie about how basically, this was as good as a brownie could get for me.. I mean raspberries and chocolate, YUM. However I do think there is the potential for harm in adopting a flippant attitude to the words we choose to use on a day to day basis.
I’m not saying a brownie couldn’t be life changing. Maybe I dropped my brownie in the street and a dashing young man reached down and grabbed it before it hit the ground rendering it uneatable and then we had a moment and he got my phone number and then we dated and got married. LIFE CHANGING BROWNIE. Maybe the brownie maker invited me to an event she was having and I went along and it was an introduction to brownie making course which I did discovering a passion for baking in which I gave up my day job and became a brownie chef. LIFE CHANGING BROWNIE.
But really, I was just sitting at my desk eating a yummier than yum brownie while trying to get through a pretty run of the mill type of work day. The brownie, in no actual way, changed my life.
We’ve all heard before how important the words we choose to use are. They can bring life or bring death and a whole myriad of other destructive or purposeful things.
My consistently rabbiting on and on about the brownie and using what are actually powerful words to describe a piece of food – I limit the words power.
Then next time I say that something is “life changing”, it loses a little bit of its oomph. Because if the brownie was life changing, and the sparkling long black was life changing and my new ankle boots were life changing and the hair cut I just had was life changing then the next time I go to use the word for its original purpose, it loses its impact.
How life changing is the word of God when I’m slushing it together with something as insignificant as a brownie? It loses its power.
Next time you hear me explain that something is “life changing”.. You’re going to second guess my words. It loses its credibility.
I think we all know that if we speak negative things over our life, we start to see negative results yet if we speak with authority and positivity, we start to see a real change for the better. I think sometimes we forget about all the in-between words that also have power.
I don’t want to become the words police and stop engaging with the world because I’m spending ALL my time analysing new slogans and sayings that come out – but I do want to live a life that means something. I want to speak with integrity and power and I don’t want the important words I speak to get lost in amongst the junk that can sometimes creep into my vocabulary.
Eating that brownie has made me realise that all of my words have value and it’s changing the way I talk. So maybe it was more of a life changing brownie that I thought?