It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 19, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Words Are Tools

Words are tools of communication. Unfortunately, words often have different meanings for different people. Here are some examples..... 

It is in process - So wrapped up in red tape that the situation is almost hopeless.

We will look into it - By the time the wheel makes a full turn we assume you will have forgotten it, too.

A program - Any assignment that can't be completed by one telephone call.

Expedite - To confound confusion with commotion.

Channels - The trail left by interoffice memos.

Coordinator - The guy who has a desk between two expediters.

Consultant  - Any ordinary guy more than 50 miles from home.

To activate - To make copies and add more names to the memo.

To implement a program - Hire more people and expand the office.
Under consideration - Never heard of it.

 Under active consideration - We're looking in the files for it.

In the earliest stage of finalization - Haven't started it yet.

A meeting - A mass mulling by master minds.

A conference - A place where conversation is substituted by the dreariness of labor and the loneliness of thought.

To negotiate - To seek a meeting of the minds without knocking together of heads.

Reorientation - Getting used to work again.

Reliable source - The guy you just met.

Informed source - The guy who told the guy you just met.

Unimpeachable source - The guy who started the rumor originally.

A clarification - To fill in the background with so many details that the foreground goes underground.

We are making a survey - We need more time to think of an answer.

Note and Initial - Let's spread the responsibility for this.

Let's get together on this - I'm assuming you are as confused as I am.

See me, or Let's discuss - Come down to my office. I'm lonesome.

Give us the benefit of your present thinking - We'll listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've already decided to do.

We will advise you in due course - If we figure it out, we'll let you know.

To give someone the picture - A long confused and inaccurate statement to a newcomer.

Author Unknown

January 19th  - bite you tongue

Talk is cheap:  It is easier to say you will do something than to actually do it. Saying this in response to someone who promises you something implies that you do not believe that person will keep the promise

Our words are so important and we need to take care with what we say.  Saying a thing and doing a thing are two very different things.  We want our words to be loving and caring ones, not full of anger or even falsehoods.

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. 

John Locke

We need to be careful when choosing our words, because we never know just who will be listening.  We may think we are saying some things privately, but it’s true what they say about what comes around, goes around and sometimes are words get changed in the sharing.

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. 

Henry Brooks Adams

In a world where what you say will determine your future, it's best to take care with your words.  There is power in the spoken word. Power to build up, encourage, and honor, and power to tear down, discourage, and dishonor. 

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. 

Francis of Assisi


betty said...

So true with the powerful impact our words can have, either negative or positive. I think it is worthwhile to remember that we have 2 ears and 1 mouth. We should be listening more and speaking less and then choosing our words very carefully when we do speak.


jack69 said...

it is pretty hard to find a better comment than Betty makes here. There are many times that my Mama's words, 'Bite your Tongue' works very well. I loved the opening. YES words mean different things to different people. It is also a great study in words to see the change in meanings over the years..
Another good one..

Mevely317 said...

I love these 'definitions' -- in particular, Coordinator and Consultant!

Interpretation is exactly why I dislike texting. A few years ago my AGM had to talk me off the ledge when I took offense at a colleague's terse text. And, yesterday another blogger had her feelings hurt because one of her readers said her blog read like a soap opera. ('Never considered they might be extending a compliment, until someone else suggested it.)


LOVE that opening paragraph or two of info. My favorite is "Expedite - To confound confusion with commotion."

Rick Watson said...

Word can be saviors or swords.