Sticky Notes of Thoughts

…because some thoughts are worth remembering

On Active and Passive Voice

coffee sign

Voice matters.

Active voice takes responsibility for the action: I cleaned it.

Passive voice doesn’t require the identification of the person responsible for the action: It was cleaned (by me).

I was distracted. Who or what distracted me? Not only is the source of the distraction unidentified, the passive voice places the subject as a victim, as if I had no control. A Buddhist teacher suggested that you can own up to the distraction by reframing the statement as “I gave my attention to x”.

We choose to be distracted. We don’t have to give attention to it, whatever it may be.

Mindful attention.

Photo: A sign in front of a café at the food market in Helsinki, Finland

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