Unless you’re a hardcore Guinness-swilling Irishman who incorporates the dreaded “C-Word” into your daily hyperbole, chances are that – like the rest of us – you tend to cringe whenever this vulgar term is used… Being an unapologetically polite Canadian I get this, and totally understand the discomfort the verbalization of this word can cause some folks.
The truth is that in our little corner of the world – one that’s abundant with Tim Hortons, maple syrup and hockey sticks and situated in a galaxy far, far away from Dublin and Belfast, this word is viewed VERY differently than it is by our Irish friends.
But regardless of where you live, this word always seems to be part of a conflict or some “ritualistic-filthy name-calling-drunken-bravado-challenge” gauntlet that gets thrown down whenever one drunken fool tries to get a rise out of a second drunken fool whilst challenging them to a duel. With all it’s eloquence intact, the word is usually used something like this:
“Yer a feckin’ (offence C-Word)! Let’s go!” And yes; such scenes are about as pretty as they sound.
And while this word may be part of regular vocabulary in certain parts of the United Kingdom (including Ireland) here in Canada, the “C-Word” is definitely NOT part of our daily vernacular; I’d go as far to say the the above scenario seems to be the sort of thing that has to happen to even stir this word from its mighty slumber.
However I will say that when it actually IS verbalized, this single word alone has the power to silence the noisiest of rooms, and shock pretty much anyone within earshot of it being spoken aloud.
All this strife and bluster makes me wonder: With so many other good “C-Words” to choose from, why is this crude, vulgar and profane word bestowed with the honour of being known as THE “C-Word”? It’s a good question, don’t you think?
In an effort to right this terrible wrong, I’ve decided to (a) perform a public service by rewriting the history books and (b) potentially piss off the Irish by offering not one, not two, but SEVEN potential NEW & IMPROVED “C-Words” all of which are fabulous and awesome and that you can say in front of your Canadian or Irish or whatever grandmothers without shame or embarrassment.
And besides not upsetting Gran, best of all is that none of these new “C-Words” will ever cause a riff between you and your best mate, regardless of how many pints you’ve imbibed – and you can’t say that about the old “C-Word” now, can you?
Please note that this tactic of switching words so as not to offend is a very polite, and Canadian thing to do: We’ll leave it up to the Irish whether or not they choose to adopt this new way of speaking. If they do, It might look – and sound – something like this:
Okay, so THAT’S never going to happen! Oh well, we can’t stop progress, right?
And with that in mind, let’s get on with …
7 BRAND NEW “C-WORDS” FOR A MORE HARMONIOUS WORLD (or at least a more polite one!)
- CLARITY: A good word to start with, since you’ll get none of this by drinking too much Guinness! Clarity means to be clear on what you want, and also clear on how to get it. Clarity means making a plan, and working that plan through to the finish. Clarity is power; but more importantly, clarity is being absolutely clear on your goals mean to you, for you, and what it is exactly that you are trying to achieve with them.
- CONSUMPTION – For Mind & Body: We all know to achieve good health it’s critical to put good things in our body every day (What? Big Macs don’t trump cucumbers and hummus?); but it’s equally as critical to put good things into our brain every day as well – anything less and we stagnate our growth. Questions: Are you busy binge-watching Netflix, but have no time to read a book on personal development? Do you spend time playing video games but don’t have time for an online course? Have you ever been glued to the T.V. watching game after game after game when you could be sharing your unique wisdom in a blog? What we put into our brains will always come out of our mouths, so it’s important to make most of what we ingest is worth repeating. And by the way I’m not saying don’t do those other things – I’m saying that when it comes to “brain-consumption” moderation and variety are always good things to keep in perspective.
- CONSISTENCY: Consistency is key in almost everything we do because it tells people we are steadfast and reliable. Consistency means that we keep our word, and will move heaven and earth so we don’t let others down. Above all, consistency means that we can be counted on to do what we say we are going to do, when we said we will do it – no questions asked. Consistency IS integrity; therefore it behooves us to be consistent in everything we do.
- COMMUNITY: Community is more that just what’s around us, but rather how we feel about ourselves when we actively contribute to a community. Community is the bedrock that’s formed when people succeed by giving each other a hand up, not just a hand out. (Attention Lisa Helps: Please note the last statement indicates a two-way street) Communities become strong and vibrant when everyone does their part; and therefore being part of a community means we are giving back in some way, and becoming better for it.
- CONNECTION: In order to feel bigger than ourselves we have to connect with more than our own thoughts. Connecting with people can be created simply by saying “Hello” to a stranger, or offering a helping hand; or connecting with nature by walking outside on a crisp, sunny autumn day can help expand our personal relationship with the earth, and all it offers. In fact, connection of any kind is nourishment for the soul – and let’s face it, everyone’s soul needs a good meal every once in a while which is why daily connection to people and the earth are important to happiness.
- CONTRIBUTION: There is no better way for us to achieve our own goals than to put our time and energy helping others achieve theirs. This act alone – the one of contribution towards something other than ourselves – is arguably the key to true success, and here’s why: When we contribute, we open our hearts to the needs of others which in turn opens us up to the bounties of the universe; in turn, this sets in motion a chain-reaction that opens up opportunities that didn’t exist before – opportunities that might help us achieve our own goals. Whatever form it takes, contribution unlocks Karma, or the principle of “getting back what you give”. There are a couple of important rules to understand about connection: First, it’s not about keeping score; iIn other words, after helping an old lady cross the street we shouldn’t expect her to add us to her will that afternoon or that we’ll hit the lottery jackpot anytime soon – it doesn’t work that way. Instead, the “karma” comes in knowing our kindness made the difference in somebody’s day. Secondly we need to always give first, and give often so that giving and doing for others becomes a way of life. For those who adapt this philosophy of contribution tend to find themselves far “luckier” than those who don’t.
- CURIOSITY: While word has it that this wasn’t a great route for the cat, as far as humans are concerned, curiosity is one of the best traits we can embrace. Curiosity asks us to be daring, and to test our comfort zones. Curiosity challenges us to ask “Why?” or “Why not?” rather than accepting the status quo before venturing down the same old, familiar paths. Curiosity demands we test our boundaries by trying new things, you know, “just because”; and at times asks us to mix in a little bravery in exchange for new experiences. Adding curiosity to life is a sure recipe for potential adventure – as in “I’m curious what would happen if I asked him/her on a date?” or “I’m curious what would happen if I applied for this job?”. Curiosity helps us become more interesting people by demanding we push ourselves to ask challenging questions of ourselves
So there you have them: My thoughts on seven better “C-Words” that will help promote a better life for those who embrace the. Most importantly, all seven can also be incorporated whilst enjoying a Guinness or… ten!
And finally, I must give credit where credit is due: For a shorter, better written and far more poignant version of this idea, please check a post called “Balancing The Three C’s” by Chelsea Dinsmore over at Live Your Legend. It’s a lovely piece that was my inspiration to write this post, but with a few differences.
First off, Chelsea is far more eloquent than I am, and doesn’t drone on about Guinness, the Irish or in any way drop any pretend vulgarities to make her point. These tactics are my personal way of COMMUNICATING my message; which come to think of it, is another “C-Word” worth embracing, don’t you think?
Either way, my thanks to Chelsea for her inspiration for this post, and so much more.
And with that being said, all I have left to say is one final “C-Word”…