Counselor Suggests Using Positive Words

Lynn Gordon talks about negative words during this week's program. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Lynn Gordon talks about negative words during this week's program. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Family counselor Lynn Gordon says people can be blocked from achieving their goals by the words they use.

The counselor told those attending her Brown Bag lunch program on Wednesday that people can sabotage themselves with their own words. So she suggested substituting positive words for negatives ones. For example, she said, instead of using the word, try, use the phrase, “working on” or “working at.”

The suggestion was made as part of this week's topic of self-care. She said self-care is doing what is needed to stay healthy, not selfishness. She went on to explain the four categories by which we organize our lives – work, relationships, devotional practices and recreation – and said each are essential.

Gordon is with the Family and Personal Counseling Center of Sheridan, and presents her luncheon seminars on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The programs are free and open to the public and are hosted by Sheridan College and the Center for Workforce and Community Education. The seminars coming up next month will focus on self-exploration.

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