Bill Schmitt is always looking for phrases that stun … in a good way. Please forgive–or embrace!–the reference to “Star Trek,” born 50 years ago and still moving onward despite changes in the past and future. This playful quote is an evocative call for shockingly beautiful turns of phrase, for gems of wisdom, moments of epiphany, and efficacious hits of our personal “pause” buttons.
The beneficent desire to capture people’s attention with words and today’s apparent mandate for words and phrases to be “stunning” in order to impact our short-attention-span world are driving forces for this “OnWord” blog. Indeed the blog has expanded from its beginnings in 2013 to occupy a website that now represents more completely Bill’s dual vision–an appreciation for the power of words used responsibly and creatively, plus gratitude for the Eternal Word, the Word that was with God and is God and is therefore our inspiration for purposeful communication.
Amid life’s changes, the author will use this website as a storehouse and launching pad for words shaped in collaboration with valued partners and shared in the spirit of service to the common good and a greater good. May we all set our “phrases on stun” so as to advance this continuing mission–the enterprise, you might say, reflected here at OnWord.net.
From The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis:
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it.
Thanks to “The Philosopher’s Bench”–now in its second season on EWTN–for a reminder of this profound quote. No sign of the second season currently being available on DVD, but remember that Ignatius Press is selling copies of the first season.
From “The Good Place”–NBC sitcom 9-21-17
“People are like nature’s apps.”
From Otto von Bismarck — quoted by anchor at close of 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony (2-9-18):
“A statesman… must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.” (from Brainy Quote)