Words are the voice of the heart. — Confucius (551-479 BC), Chinese teacher, philosopher & political theorist
Do certain words just rub you the wrong way? I certainly I have my little list. I cannot stand to hear one more person on HGTV say “I just love what you did with this space”. Since when did a room become a space? (I suspect since interior decorating shows hit the big time.) Are we too regal for a few cozy walls? Is room a bad word? Too plain? Too corny? Hey, I like plain and corny. It’s solid and vivid. Space is just . . . space.
Here’s another on my list: window treatments. I’ll try to be clever here with an illustration of my point. I hope the spirit of Charles Bukowski understands that I’m not mocking him or his poem:
Curtain Window Treatment
the final curtain window treatment on one of the longest running
musicals ever, some people claim to have
seen it over one hundred times.
I saw it on the tv news, that final curtain window treatment:
flowers, cheers, tears, a thunderous
I have not seen this particular musical
but I know if I had that I wouldn’t have
been able to bear it, it would have
trust me on this, the world and its
peoples and its artful entertainment has
done very little for me, only to me.
still, let them enjoy one another, it will
keep them from my door
and for this, my own thunderous
—Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), American poet, novelist & short story writer
And it’s not just words. Have you noticed a common, spacey tone of speech in the last few years? Taylor Mali has:
Speaking with conviction isn’t just about making speeches on important issues. It’s about being yourself and speaking from your heart. You can be strong yet respectful. Colorful yet simple. Use your own words. Your own voice. Your own tones. The world wants to hear from you, not another space cadet.