There is a lot of talk these days of living in or experiencing the moment, of being "mindful." Unfortunately, words are cheapened when we overuse them. Then it takes a really long time before we can use them again with sincerity. Okay, that phrase in itself sounds like a long buzz-phrase and means almost nothing like what I really meant. Let me try that again: Once a word becomes trendy it takes a long time before I can use it without the word sounding like meaningless crap to me.
Of course the words themselves continue to mean what they mean. We are the ones who can no longer see or hear
a word in its original context once it becomes trite.
For example, consider the first time you heard the phrase
“thinking outside of the box.” It is one
of those phrases that became over-popular 10-15 years ago in the workplace as a
means to get people to re-evaluate a practice, to rethink a concept. The first time I heard it I thought, “That’s
brilliant.” Then everyone used it, and used it, and used it.
When it was thrown out yet again by the millionth facilitator at still another
focus group or workshop I could no longer even hear the original intention behind the
phrase. I was too busy wanting a different
facilitator, one who owned a thesaurus. One
who thought their own thoughts and used their own words. I wanted to be facilitated by the first
person who came up with that phrase.
I guess I am feeling more ornery than usual today; probably because I have been eating too much fruitcake. And fudge.
But seriously...I find that being “mindful” actually does help alleviate anxiety. I just need to come up with a new word for it.