When I was a junior in high school, I missed the same verb on two consecutive French tests.
This pissed me off – only I didn’t say ‘pissed off’ at the time – I don’t think anyone used that term in 1968. I think we were just easing ourselves into “bummed out.”
In frustration – and in the certainty that the word would appear again to screw with me – I wrote it on the back cover of my French text book. No, I wasn’t defacing school property. Back then all textbooks had covers. You usually started out with a cool blue cover provided by the Bristol Savings Bank, but if you were as doodle-prone as I was, by November, you were using brown paper grocery bags.
And I wrote on my paper-bag covered book:
And here it is, forty-seven years later, and I not only remember that Tenir = To Hold, but I remember the present tense conjugation listed below the verb.
This is an incredible example of how just seeing something every day for a period of time will make a permanent impact on one’s brain.
No studying. No effort. Tenir = To Hold has a hold on my brain. Tenir is indelible.
After all these years.
Why not put that subliminal power to work right now?
I don’t need to conjugate any French verbs at the moment.
But there are lots of ideas that would be beneficial if they ‘tenired’ themselves into my brain.
So today I took a sticky note and put it in a place that I visit repeatedly. My favorite spot, so to speak. My obsession. The bathroom mirror.
I gave some thought as to what would be the best message to subconsciously absorb a dozen times a day.
I chose this:
This is a perfect message to osmose into my soul. And I get a triple bonus:
1. Straighten Up!
Put away the clean laundry.
Pick up shoes.
Throw away the junk mail.
2. Straighten Up!
Walk with confidence.
3. Straighten Up!
And fly right.