S:0930 Distinction: Solved vs. Cleared Up

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Have you ever read a detective novel or watched a cop show? In them you’ve seen the lead detective wrap up the case with a flourish. If he or she is playing the role of a…Continue Reading →

S:0929 Principle: Sarcasm

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Thomas Leonard once observed that sarcasm is a socially acceptable form of anger. Agree with the “acceptable” part of that or not, but there is a clear underpinning of anger to sarcasm, powering it even. Some families, friends,…Continue Reading →

S:0928 Distinction: Aware vs. Right

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   It’s so easy to want to be right. Right feels satisfying, secure, noble even. Feeling “large and in charge!” I’m right, I’m so right. But what is “right”? Isn’t right a perspective, a vantage point, relative?…Continue Reading →

S:0927 Distinction: Mystified vs. Worried

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Have you ever felt mystified? Some people like the feeling because it evokes a sense of wonder, curiosity, and eagerness. Sort of a “Wow, what’s that about?” experience. Curiosity is a powerful and healthy motivator in…Continue Reading →