Of course, everyone knows that words are important, but when one stops to think about why words are so significant, one thing comes to light. Words are the stimulants that make people feel things. For example, when someone pronounces your name correctly it makes you feel valued and respected compared to when your name is pronounced incorrectly. Beyond this, words can spark inventive thinking. They can move us through stories, provide clarity, and, most critically, connect us with meaning.

At The Patterson Foundation, there is a library of words and acronyms unique to TPF that you pick up with time. I like to call them TPFisms:

● Possibilitarian
● Webversation
● Thrivability
LWRCC – Leadership, Willingness, Readiness, Capacity, Culture
CLSES – Connecting, Learning, Sharing, Evolving, Strengthening
The Five Cs - Caring, Connecting, Collaborating, Contributing, Creating

What is the feeling you get when you read these words?

I feel my mind racing into the mindset of what else is possible. I feel my body becoming enlightened with where I am and checking in with my capacity. I feel a personal connection with all my colleagues who use this language in the room with me.

By using this language, I feel like I am a part of something exceptional, and it sparks my thinking and fuels my day. I feel valued, respected, and supported while I’m surrounded by people who are speaking with this intention in mind. In my heart of hearts, I know this produces superior work.

I urge you to be mindful about the words you use in work and in life to tell stories with flair, to ignite thinking, to advance understanding, but most importantly to connect meaningfully with others on a compassionate level. Because when we are connected to others we can become better people.

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