I think I’ve mentioned before that along with being more mindful of the words and phrases I use, I’m also trying to quit swearing. I grew up in a foul-mouthed household with people who thought it was cute that I was cursing at six. It became a way of life. For a long time I didn’t think it was a big deal, but things change.
You all know I’ve been going through a lot of changes personally and spiritually, and there’s more going on behind the scenes. It just hit me one day that swearing all the time really didn’t make a good impression on people. Here I am, an MsD and interfaith minister, trying to change the world, inspire and help people, and I’m dropping the F-bomb every second sentence.
Add to that a memory of a woman I used to know who believed that people who swore were stupid. I disagree totally, but I can see how using curse words does show a lack of verbal creativity. I processed these ideas for a while and decided that I needed to clean up my act.
It turns out to not be all that hard to quit swearing when you really want to. I slip sometimes, but it’s not often. I have leaned on a few fantasy curse words as I transition though. Only Farscape fans will really get it. It’s actually nice to no longer need to worry about censoring myself in front of my nephews of new people I meet. I’m no longer worried about offending people with all the swearing.
I’m sure there will be times of anger or frustration when some of the language creeps back in, but I’m not worried about that. Overall I’m now speaking more clearly and in a less offensive way. It actually makes me think, because now I need to find new ways to express thoughts and feelings that used to be summed up in a single-word expletive. Becoming more articulate and accurate is certainly a positive side effect.
If you swear a lot, have you ever considered cleaning up your language? If not, why?