Jane R. Snyder - Writer

Jane's Brain #3

Jane's Brain #3

How Do You Choose?

Have you ever watched a child at play lining up toy blocks then just as quickly knock them down laughing as each one fell in turn against the other? Were they spaced in a straight row directly behind one another or in some exotic configuration only a vivid imagination could fashion?

Selecting where to place each block to cause a desired reaction is very similar to picking the right words to attract attention, raise a question in the mind of a reader, or meet a specific goal whether it be a personal or professional objective.

I can remember being told as a child, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” We all know someone who regrets having written a heavy-handed note to a loved one, sent an angry email to a co-worker, or not thought carefully—or even proofread—the text of an ad that will offend rather than welcome customers.

Spend the next 24 hours noticing the words you see or hear around you. Take special care of the ones you choose to put on paper or speak aloud. Our brains enable all of us to make choices. If you aren’t sure you can choose the right words find someone to assist you. Because once the wrong words are lined up they can fall down and hurt someone.

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