Impetus Safari

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.37.44 AMS: Does this make sense to you? “An active voice is used in a clause whose subject expresses the agent of the main verb.” How about this? “You must draw the reader into the predicate.” How long did it take you to truly embrace the active voice? How long did you live in a passive voice before you changed your life?

A: Too much passive voice is indirect. It was my downfall. I used linking verbs. I have been guilty of the passive voice. Drowned in it. Sometimes I feel I went a long time in my life without making active changes.

F: The time has come for said changes.

A: Making change in life is scary. Yet, if we don’t change, we aren’t doing anything. We have no verb. When the verb is doing something, the person is doing something with it. A year ago, I began changing my life. Well, my life changed as a result of one tiny word. Yes. As a caregiver, I took care of everything. Work kept me busy. Things are different now. While I’m no stranger to understanding opportunity, I’ve learned the biggest changes in my life have come from the tiniest adjustment. Say yes.

R: Yes and no are just words, interjections perhaps. They shouldn’t have any bearing on how we live. It’s remarkable to see how much power they have, like a battle between evil and good. No shuts me down. No shoots a lot of us down. No is unkind and often indirect. No is passive and is the dead end it implies. No is a bad habit. Yes brings me along a path of opportunity, always. Yes is active.

I: Yes brings me great happiness. Yes forces me to look at my future challenges in a whole new light. Yes makes me embrace the many flaws I have, as well as the mistakes I’ve made, and turn them into something better. The word yes has troubled origins, etymologically speaking, but is a lovely affirmation of opportunity. Yes is the best teacher I have ever had. Just ask the next year of my life, filled with travel and research. Aye, it agrees.


© 2015 Jess Rowell

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