Words to Live By

Ed Thomas Coaching

posted on Thursday, August 03, 2017

"Today's technology allows people to communicate at a greater rate than any time in history. To a large degree one can wonder, how truly meaningful is the bulk of our communication with each other?"

What's Your Favorite Word?

You may be like students I taught as they would say, "Why does it matter what my favorite word is?" Well, I believe that having a positive, favorite word can have a positive impact on one's life. On the first day of our Character Development and Leadership course, students as a group struggled with this question.

Today's technology allows people to communicate at a greater rate than anytime in history. To a large degree one can wonder, how truly meaningful is the bulk of our communication? I believe we need to have good words in us. Words of great power and meaning. Words that touch our emotions and words we can feel when we say them aloud. Words of positive character traits like attitude, preparation, perseverance, honesty, integrity, respect, composure etc.

My favorite word is integrity. It's not my favorite word because I'm good at it– it's a challenge for me. Integrity, to me, means that we state which values are important to us, then we live that way. It's hard to do. Ed Thomas was the greatest man of integrity I have ever known. By living his life with integrity, he showed us all what true toughness really means. Ed Thomas's mantra was, "Do what's right." He chose to live that way every day. He's the toughest guy I ever knew because he never wavered in this belief.

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

Proverbs 16:24

Your Challenge

Prepare to answer the question, "What's your favorite word?" Choose a word of great power and meaning that stirs emotion in you and helps to move you in a positive direction for your life.

Respectfully,
Al Kerns & the Ed Thomas Family Foundation

This post is written by Al Kerns, a long-time friend of Ed Thomas and a team member with the Ed Thomas Family Foundation. Al coached with Ed for 30+ years at Aplington-Parkersburg.