There was a great article in the paper yesterday by Harvey Mackay headlined “Aspire to use the hidden power of words”. I encourage everyone to read it. If the link takes you to a pay-to-view archive today, Google his name and the headline and see if you can find it free elsewhere.
In the article, Mackay explores and affirms what writers hope they know: that words have the power to open hearts, minds and worlds.
The particular word Mackay cites is genshai. I point you to The Body Blog for an excellent definition and extrapolation, one which fits beautifully with Jack Hardway’s concept of careware. It also fits beautifully with Chef Joe Barkson’s Nice Is Good campaign. Click on the Nice Is Good link and get some cards to pass around–it’s fun! I gave some to a lady who said, “I’d give them to the people I work with if any of them were ever nice.” Then she said, “You know–I think I’ll give them to the people I work with anyway. It might give them the idea.” 🙂
WRITING PROMPT: Somebody gives a character a Nice Is Good card. How does that make your character feel? Does he/she pass it along? To whom, and with what result?