This is #55 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moments at a time!
#55 of 108: Be Eloquent…In Your Own F*cking Way!
I took a great yoga class this past weekend. The teacher was a lot younger and had a mystique of coolness, a true spiritual gangster.
“Loved your class!” I told her. “Fantastic!”
“Thanks. I was nervous because there was so much people,” she responded.
I let it pass.
“You’ll be seeing me again,” I told her
“Thanks, what is you name?” she asked.
She did it again, saying “you name” instead of “your name.” Maybe she was British? Or hard of hearing? Or just a hard core New Yorker?
“My name are David,” I told her, trying to speak in her “lingo.”
Not a good idea.
She looked at me as you would look at a waiter who told you in front of your seven best friends at Sunday brunch that “your credit card was declined.”
If a conversation could be described by a scent, ours shifted from “sage-inspired-apres-yoga-mood-lifter” to “upper-deck-men’s-bathroom-at-a-Raiders-game.”
A recent Forbes Magazine article reported how bad grammar amongst the younger generation of employees is a problem: “Younger employees are bringing the vernacular of emails, Twitter messages and casual conversations into the office.”
And the Wall Street Journal mentioned a survey of 430 employers taken earlier this year, in which 45 percent said they planned to increase training programs to improve employees’ use of grammar and other skills.
Good luck with that.
As I learned in my encounter with the yoga teacher, the type of people who walk around telling you to mind your “p” and “q’s” are generally the type who hear a lot of “f’s” and “you’s.”
The greatest wordsmith of all, Shakespeare, said, “action is eloquence,” something seen so clearly in the abovementioned yoga teacher’s finely sequenced class.
To each her own expression of life.
If you can’t speak, then move. If you can’t move, than paint. If you can’t paint, then run.
Get it out of you!
A wise one said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.”
There is no right or wrong way to say it!
Ed: Kate B.