posted by Caroline
PEELING THE ONION
from the book ASPIRE by Kevin Hall
Peeling the Onion:
Understanding what a common word really means and recognizing its depth and true essence can be enormously empowering. By breaking down words, layer by layer, by uncovering their pure, original meaning, by exploring their roots, we shine a new light on words and phrases, many of which we’ve used forever. For example, I have always taught that the first imperative of a leader is to inspire others. When you realize that “inspire” means to breath life into another’s dreams, and that the opposite, “expire”, means to cease to breathe, those words come to life. By learning to use words that inspire, you enable others to achieve their dreams. Conversely, by using words that expire, you disable others’hopes and aspirations.