As this political season has taught us, the feelings that words evoke are contagious. They can uplift and unite us or create hatred and division.
Likewise, particular words have a unique emotional resonance to each of us because of the meaning they possess in our life experience.
Here a few words that have such resonance for me:
Empower, as in enabling others by delegating authority and responsibility
Voice, as in “expressing our uniqueness” or enabling others to express their uniqueness (see “empower”)
Conversation, as in thinking deeply with others about important topics with an openness to learning
Learn, as in changing what we belief, understand, and/or do
Teach, as in promoting the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth and well being of others
Witness, as in “bearing witness to” the life circumstances of others.
What words most resonate with you?