Samuel Johnson said "Language is the dress of thought".
I just love the idea that we dress our thoughts; be it velvet and satin, feathers, a three piece suit, cotton overalls and a flannel shirt, cammo, or full metal armor. There is color, texture and pattern in "what we wear".
I want to believe that most of the time my thoughts and therefore my words are attired in soft blue jeans and a comfortable T-shirt. I aim to inspire using cozy simple language. Alas, my Reverence for Life language might be lost on the teen wearing a prom dress or on a Wall Street Trader.
In the light of this quote, I consider what my motive is. Am I just throwing words out to give life to a naked thought? In some situations that could be theraputic. On the other hand, if I "throw" something out, chances are good that someone else will catch it and have to dress it themselves. Then what?
My word choice says what I think. I reach into my word closet in search of suitable attire? What is the occasion and who will be there? Just what am I trying to say? What am I thinking?!