Solid Saturday: Speak UP!!

Here’s a little something from way back when.

There’s nothing like hearing your old sense of ambition falling from your lips to remind you of who you are.

For the time being I’ve put my podcast aside. (NOTE: No matter what anyone else says, there’s no such thing as FREE podcast hosting. I mean…sure. Some sites offer “free” plans. But they don’t come without limits.) Meanwhile, somehow I still feel compelled to craft content. This notion really got to me this week. That’s when I got curious…

But, Claire,” I said to myself,”where can I get my stuff hosted for free?”

And almost immediately, the answer came:

Looks like I’ll have to start making videos!!”

Oy vey. Cue the anxiety and excuses.

I took a few test shots yesterday. The lighting was almost as hideous as it was in the video above. I kept struggling with where to put my eyes.

Then, earlier this afternoon I took a look at Jam Gamble’s Facebook page. Jam and I know each other a bit through social media, and she’s an amazing woman. Her pinned post on public speaking really struck a chord with me.

If you feel inspired to do something for your own growth or good, pursue it! Fear exists only to get in the way of your greatness.

You know what to do.

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You have a dream for your life that’s been with you since childhood. The thing is, though, fear always has you asking for permission instead of stepping forward.

I figure someone out there might need to hear what I’ve been grappling with. It’s a daily struggle–being willing to get out of my own way and do my work. But it’s gotta happen. There are signs everywhere. I have the feeling that only good things can happen.

Photo by Jordan Whitfield

Kerry knows.

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That’s from this interview with Kerry Washington.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my future…And my past.

In life, it’s very easy to get fixated on something because we think it should be ours.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an opportunity, or a relationship. I’ve wasted time stressing myself out because I think that something ought to be a certain way, instead of appreciating the way it actually is. And for what? Goodness knows, we can’t control our destiny—only pursue it. I don’t believe it’s always up to us to determine our details.

It’s like Kerry said. If something is meant to be yours, then it is. If not, then it’s ok.

That’s a rough lesson, but it’s definitely worth learning. It’s also quite freeing, if you think about it. All we can do in this life is be ourselves.

To top off today’s post, here’s a bit of wisdom from Gabrielle Bernstein:

These days I’m discovering the difference between when to work towards my goals–and how much–versus trusting that God is there to provide what I need. It’s a challenging lesson, but one that’s absolutely worthwhile.

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“Words are weapons, sharper than knives…

Makes you wonder how the other half died…”

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that video before. Probably in a post about the very same subject. I don’t care, though. I love INXS!

Recently I came across a retweet. I’m not sure who sent it. It contained a link to a blog post that was written to discredit a pair of televangelists.  One of the preachers that was mentioned is someone that I used to be a huge fan of.  Among other issues, the writer claimed that Ms. Evangelist believed idea that “words have power and you can release the power of Heaven through your words.”

Immediately after I read that point, I was perplexed.  No support was provided for why this was a supposed flaw other than a link to a Youtube video. Still, I thought if the writer was trying to demonstrate why Ms. Evangelist was irrelevant, she could have used a different approach.

The idea of words as powerful entities didn’t come out of thin air. In fact, it came from Proverbs 18, verse 21:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Emphasis added.)

A quick Google search reveals that there are other scriptures about the impact of what we say.

Therefore, if I could tell that blogger one thing it would be this: Perhaps words are not powerful to you. But they are powerful. The statement about the evangelist’s supposed error left me with more questions than answers. For instance, if words do not have the ability to conjure the powers of Heaven, then what is it that people are trying to do when they pray?

Indeed, the idea of doubting the power of words seems strange to me. When people make such claims I want to take them aside and say, “Have you ever been upset by someone who gave you a random insult? Or…Have you ever had your heart warmed by a loved one’s kind words?”

I’ve been in love with language since before I first went to school. In my opinion, yes, words are powerful. Whether used positively or negatively, they have the ability to elicit emotions. Emotions can have an impact on people’s stress levels, which in turn can influence their health. What I’ve just said may sound odd to some. However I’ve lived it, and I know others have as well.

The minutiae surrounding how we were created should not be underestimated. In my opinion words matter far more than most of us care to realize.