Beach Walk 756 – The Energy of Language

Does this story feel good? It pays to pay attention to the words coming out of your mouth.

We use words all day everyday yet rarely stop to feel the energy they pack. I think it is the energy that causes confusion, less than the definition sometimes. We assume others think words feel the same way but they often don’t! We assume that a “story is just a story” but it’s not! It is also the energy from that story. I aim for feel-good energy, so that determines what stories I choose to tell or not these days. What about you? Does re-telling that story, no matter how righteous, make you feel bettor or worse? If you connect with the energy, it may influence where your mouth and mind go today.

Here’s an old episode on Making up stories

Hawaiian word:
Moʻolelo: story

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Beach Walk 706 – New and Old

New and old are such loaded words – they can be used to manipulate our feelings if we are not paying attention. Like most things, I think it is case-specific. New is not always improved nor does the new necessarily invalidate the old.

Hawaiian Word:
Kahiko: old
Hou: new
ʻAno hou: new-fashioned

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Beach Walk 703 – Specific Accuracy

Writing up the notes for today I realize yesterday was about “distort” and today is about “accurate.” This political season has a lot of people tossing around terms like right, wrong, stupid, smart, etc. These things feel good to say but are generally not provable. They are full of loopholes, shall we say. But when you are very specific, either about descriptions or your opinions/feelings, then you will almost always be accurate and spot on.

Hawaiian Word:
Pololei: accurate

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Beach Walk 672 – Pronoun Use & Abuse

If you have been watching Beach Walks for a while, you know I care about using language carefully – as it can really pack a lot of energy behind the words. We often say “we” when we mean “you” or “I” and there are many variations. Check out Grammar Girl’s Podcast and new book. Watch this episode to learn a powerful secret for using language effectively from Liz Strauss of Successful Blog.

Hawaiian word:
Aʻo: learn

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Beach Walk 574 – Claim It!

I noticed a couple things last night when I was editing the episode: I forgot the Hawaiian word (tho I added it to the post notes) and I used the word “you” a lot when I think I really meant “I” (as my friend Shaina recognized and commented on).

That’s one of my language pet peeves, so today is follow through on both of those.

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Hawaiian Word:
Like ʻole: different

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