Becoming

Becoming.

Such a definite word. I love the simple certainty of the way it sounds. There is confidence and yet a sort of old-fashioned elegance to it.

I love the simple certainty of the way it sounds. There is confidence and yet a sort of old-fashioned elegance to it.


There is a power behind word choice. ┬áIf I change ‘becoming’ to ‘going to be’ and I have lost force. Maybe I have lost an audience. Maybe I have lost myself. ‘Becoming’ describes the journey whereas ‘going to be’ is a boring, weak phrase.

Words Have Power

I think of the book title Becoming Jane by Jane Eyre. If she had titled it ‘Going to be Jane’. How does that feel? It feels yucky! Where did the power go? Where is the vulnerability? What about the journey?


Another example to contrast with is motherhood. A woman’s not going to be a mother. She is becoming a mother from the moment she conceives until she holds the child in her arms. It is something that happens overnight and the beauty is in the process. She will make sacrifices for something bigger than herself. Her heart will grow for someone she has never met. She will dedicate her body to housing another human life. And she will do it with joy and anticipation. She is not going to be a mother. Just a little more each minute she is becoming.

Words are Tools

I often struggle with day-to-day communication and can’t help but replay conversations in my head over and over. Thinking about what I could’ve changed and evaluating whether or not I portrayed what I intended to. And if not what words I could’ve replaced to change my intellectual portrait.


Knowledge is power.

What tools will you equip yourself with?

What words will give you power?