Too Many Parrots


My goal on this blog is to stay positive.

After all, one can’t really follow inspiration from an angry place. But I’m human. And sometimes, stuff just pisses me off. And I feel compelled to share. There are times I want to shake things up, rattle a few cages, get you to stop and think, yank you off auto-pilot, and prevent you from blindly following the masses.

Because you must do these things if you truly want to follow inspiration.  So I hope you’ll forgive me a few rants…here’s one:

How many times have you heard a phrase repeated over and over…passed along from one person to the the next similar to the childhood game of telephone?

There’s nothing wrong with repeating mantra’s or phrases you believe in, however in my experience too many times these phrases are passed along more because they sound good, and less because the passer really grasps their meaning.

Case in Point

The other night my husband Louie and I were having a fairly deep conversation over dinner. I’d just had the epiphany that I’ve been following the money path and chasing success, and it wasn’t working for me. I was expressing guilt over how much money I’ve spent in the past eight years, and thinking about what I could have done for my family with that money instead.

After telling me not to feel guilty and being very supportive of all I’ve done, Louie said this…

Money is just energy.

While I appreciate his support and helping me see I can’t change the choices I’ve made, and they have all brought me to where I am now, I couldn’t resist responding with, “Do you really believe that? Do you really understand what you’re saying when you say ‘Money is just energy’ or is it just something you’ve heard so many times, and it sounds good, so you’re repeating it now?”

Nothing against my husband, but he still gets caught in the grip of money, too.

We’re both working on letting go of it, and re-framing the role we let money play in our lives. By restating that platitude, he was being a parrot. And there are a lot of parrots out there, repeating phrases they’ve heard, that sound good, that they want to believe, but that they really don’t have a full comprehension of. And it bugs the heck out of me.

Words have impact.
Choose the words you choose to share carefully. Don’t just say (or do) something because everyone else is saying (or doing) it. Own it. Believe it. Live it. Be it.


About Debbie

Debbie worked in marketing for 32 years and ran a successful coaching and consulting business for 19. She now teaches marketing and helps people find greater happiness and success by learning how to Follow Inspiration.

1 comment on “Too Many Parrots

  1. I completely agree, Debbie! Buzzwords, at some point, become meaningless and empty. Right now, the one that makes me cringe is ‘global’. Ugh! (no offense to those that truly are).

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