A Positive Personal Growth Application For The F-Word

In addition to the powerful branding work that’s happening at the BrandU seminar, I’m gaining lots of other interesting insights.

Yesterday, in the midst of a particularly frustrating and uncomfortable exercise, one of the participants blurted out the f-word. This, of course, brought a round of laughter to the room as most of us recognized and shared some level of frustration and discomfort as we pushed through the edges of our respective comfort zones.

But after the laughter died down, she quickly reminded us that the f-word is really an acronym for:



I love that. And it’s so true. Unless you’re someone who throws that word into every sentence for emphasis, when you reach the point of frustration that catalyzes the use of the f-word, it usually comes out at a time when you’re on the verge of accessing some new knowledge consciously, although for the moment the full understanding of it remains unconscious.

So the next time that F U C K blurts out, smile and feel grateful that you are on the verge of Future Understanding of Conscious Knowledge.

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      1. Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker on September 22nd, 2007 6:58 am

        How many times has someone asked how you were doing and you answered “fine”. You may not be “fine” but it is the answer that you gave without thinking or because you don’t want this person knowing how you are really feeling or you know they aren’t really interested so you say “fine”.

        In Al-Anon, I was told that “fine” means
        F_ _ _ ed Up (your F word)

        I don’t generally, being a “genteel” southern lady (in my dreams), don’t say the F word. I gave this explanation of “fine” to my 31-year-old son and my husband recently. I said the F word along with the rest of the explanation for “fine”. You should have seen the expressions on their faces in reaction to me saying the F word. It was priceless.

        Sometimes, curse words can express a depth of emotion, like frustration, that just isn’t satisfied with the use of some other word.

      2. Edward Mills on September 24th, 2007 3:17 pm

        I love that, Patricia. And, even in the little bit I know about you from our blogging connection, I’m not surprised by their reactions!

        Thanks for sharing.

      3. Mark on September 25th, 2007 1:33 pm

        That is a great spin. The other I have heard is

      4. radine! on September 25th, 2007 6:15 pm

        Mark and there’s ForUnlawfulCarnalKnowledge by VanHalen … 😉

        Oh and Ed Did you mean to leave the headline for this blog to read “f-world” instead of “f-word” ?

        Peace, Love n Light
        The Inconvenient Editor

      5. Edward Mills on September 25th, 2007 7:10 pm

        Radine! Nope. My mistake. But I kind of like the unintended meanings in the F-World! 😉

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      7. Lisa Van Allen, PhD on October 2nd, 2007 9:02 am

        Fun spin on a taboo! A client once shared the anagram:
        F inding
        U nequivocal
        C larity and
        K nowledge

        It works!

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