Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Speak. — Your stump. Your truths.

on November 1, 2013

Now that we have that Halloween nonsense out of the way and I owe Felix nearly a million dollars for taking the kiddos out trick or treating, we can get on to my favorite holidays:

Ahem. My Birthday.



And my absolute favorite: New Year’s Eve.

But wait. First, we have to celebrate…Election Day.  And I do love some voting on Election Day. I wrote about it here.

And this year is a bit more exciting since Felix has thrown his proverbial hat in the proverbial ring. Since he printed brochures. Put a sticker on my car. Spray painted his own signs and put them around the town.

He is a candidate. He is participating. He is speaking out.

And our mailbox is now filling up with political literature. Other candidates running for office. Candidates being endorsed by this group or that group. Candidates sending me postcards that are going straight to the recycling.

Candidates telling me what they believe. What they stand for. What they are going to do.

Candidates declaring their promises. Declaring their intentions. Declaring what they will and won’t tolerate.

This is part of the process. And it has been part of the process for as long as we have been electing officials to represent us in our government.

Back in the day, the days of the early 1800s, candidates would literally stand up on top of a sawed-off tree stump to deliver a speech about their politics, their beliefs, even their opponents.

People would come to sit in the green grass and listen to them speak.

Skilled stump speakers, like Abraham Lincoln, could rally a crowd to action, just with his words.

This is how it went. No campaigns. No signs. No out of control fundraising with dinners costing a $1,000 a plate. (Felix didn’t have these either!) And while there has always been those who took advantage. Those who lied. Those who misrepresented.

There were still good people who stood up on stumps and just spoke their truths.

Kind of like The Lorax in the Dr. Seuss tale, who stood on a stump and spoke for the trees.  lorax

People stood tall. Stood up taller on tall things. And spoke words that incited people. Words that excited people.

Words that spoke to people. Words that moved people to movement.

So. I want to know. What is your ‘stump speech’?

What do you believe in so much that you would stand up…stand up taller… and speak your truth?

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

Today’s Action Challenge:

Write it down. Your stump speech.

There is a catch. Because we are busier now. We are more distracted than in the 1800s. We can’t sit around all day listening to you.

So…for this stump speech… you only have 8 words.

Yes. In 8 words or less…what do you believe? What is your message? What moves you to move others?

Live your stump speech. Make it your rallying cry. Your own personal call to action.

Then stand tall and speak your truth.


Let’s all, Go. Do that.

stump speech

P.S. Here is mine: Eat well. Play more. Choose Happy. (And repeat.)


3 responses to “Speak. — Your stump. Your truths.

  1. Jan Francis says:

    Be kind and loving to all God’s creatures!

  2. fangboner1 says:

    Impossible is just a word, survive and thrive

    I think thats eight words…

    Found you through Blogher nablomosopososfn(bunch of letters I never remember) challenge

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