Recently I remarked on Facebook how I’ve been using a lot of exclamation marks recently! I’m not sure why, I used to hate them, but in emails and tweets and other short correspondence they do add a touch of enthusiasm that would otherwise be missing!
But as you can see, they are also heavy-handed and become obnoxious quickly! After only three sentences, I’m sure some people have already decided not to continue reading today’s post! Their loss! Regular readers will suspect I’m getting to a point here, but how long can they tolerate the extremely inappropriate — yet very tiny — extra vertical line I am appending to these otherwise peaceful sentences?!
With such casual, terrible ease I’ve made today’s post rude and strangely upsetting!
The point here is that tiny changes to our words and actions do make a profound difference, and we often forget that! A little change in tone, facial expression, word choice, penmanship, or punctuation (!) can vastly alter how your offerings to the world are received! The inclusion (or exclusion) of a simple raised eyebrow, half-smile, or ten-dollar word will send your listeners, readers, or acquaintances to a completely different place mentally, and the results can be that much more different! The domino effect from just one unusually brave choice (or unusually disciplined, or unusually selfless, or unusually selfish — or just unusual) can send your life on an utterly different course! Friendships could be won and lost, or created from nothing! New chapters of your life could be opened, or old ones closed!
And what change could be subtler than the casual addition of an inert, six-pixel stroke to the end of my sentences today?! It should be easy to ignore, but I find it extremely distracting! Not to mention oddly misleading!
I won’t go on explaining this further, because surely you already get the tiny (but possibly huge) point I’m making! I also feel an unusual headache coming on!
Maybe as you head out into your world today, this awful post will help you remember the horrendous power — and incredible potential — that you wield in every single moment, in the form of little changes to what you say and do, whether you like it or not. When you truly appreciate the resounding impact of even your smallest choices, you will understand that feelings of powerlessness can only ever be delusion.
Your choices always carry tremendous weight, even when you feel like you have no choice in the matter. We don’t need enormous reserves of skill or advantage to make big differences to what happens to us — and to the manner in which we “happen” to the world.
Have an unusually effective Monday!
Photo by Munmay