I Feel Like Such A Ninnyhammer

As a motivational speaker, I love words. I just love them. They carry such emotion sometimes, don’t they? And while we often think we HAVE an emotion, and then we identify it with a word, sometimes emotions are actually CREATED by the word – or at the very least they are intensified by it.

Dr. Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of An Illness once wrote, “Words can kill. When a patient was diagnosed and had an actual word to define his symptoms, he got sicker. Words like ‘cancer,’ ‘Parkinsons’s disease,’ and ‘heart disease’ tended to induce extreme fear and panic in patients. Those feelings then began to undermine their body’s immune systems.”

So here’s my suggestion: The next time you do something that…um…you wish you hadn’t done, instead of berating yourself with things like, “You stupid idiot!!” – try instead using some FUN word like….NINNYHAMMER.  And by all means, use the word right out loud!

I promise you – when you even hear yourself say that word, instead of feeling MORE like an idiot – you’ll want to laugh.  I promise, you will.  You little ninnyhammer, you.

From your fellow ninnyhammer and motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who remembers the word from her Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Volume 3 if you must know.

P.S.  I have no idea why I used that photo – except that it made me laugh. It COULD be a ninnyhammer…



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Love the idea, love the post, but I have to admit, the thing I love most is the picture!!! Totally made me laugh!!! Where do you find these things?  What did you search for to find such a gem?  LOVE IT!

  2. Linda, I’m with Marilyn. That picture is what I need to focus on the next time I’m a stupid idiot….I mean ninnyhammer. Great post!

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