When I decided to finally “go green” years ago, I had no idea it would become pretty much a full-time job. You couldn’t earn “green cred” anymore by just recycling or thinking twice before printing out an email. With eco-worry more contagious than the common cold, and facing an endless stream of “green” stories in the media, I finally realized it was my duty to feel guilty simply for being alive.
I popped into a T.J. Maxx store today, hoping to score a fashion bargain or two. Shoppers like me who don’t like to reveal a lot of skin to the public have our work cut out for us: Finding attractive and stylish clothing that doesn’t also compromise our dignity is like panning for gold—in the Sahara Desert. When I saw this itty-bitty piece of fabric masquerading as a “skirt,” I just stared at it. I have Band-Aids at home bigger than this “garment.”
In our media-driven and Facebook-obsessed society, it’s easy to forget the awesome power of words. Words have enormous power to hurt or to heal, to make or break reputations, to uplift or degrade another human being. In this way, the words we speak literally change the world and how we view the people in it. Here are ten ways to improve the world and ourselves through channeling our power of speech for the good.