Recently I was watching a video of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, speaking about women’s suffrage.
But she didn’t pronounce ‘women’ correctly. Repeatedly.
And that bothered me.
“Surely, our Prime Minister should be able to pronounce ‘women’ correctly?” is what I was thinking. And that dominated my thoughts, not her message.
Am I being unfair? Are my expectations too high?
But that got me thinking, that whether I’m being unfair or not, this is a great reminder that perception matters.
I believe in the correct use of grammar and the correct pronunciation of words. You’ll never lose by doing it right. But you will lose to a section of the audience if you don’t.
BTW It’s pronounced wimin, not wumen.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.