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I'd imagine most people know the phrase "Macho Man". Today, it is viewed as a mostly negative, aggressive somehow jerk related word. You might be surprised that this is not how the words was intended to be utilized. In fact it used to be a more positive word up until late in the century.
To think that the word macho had close ties to the word caballerismo, meaning to be knightly and chivalrous. This just highlights the power of words, how we can twist their meaning around not just in our relationship, but in society as well.
In an older post, I wrote about men handicapping themselves by discounting and down playing their emotions. Here we find that being more emotionally balanced is not only ok, but was the norm for what a man was supposed to be.. In other words men macho men were caring, considerate and kind to others. Chivalry is not dead. Its just been misinterpreted and labelled poorly as Machoism. So men, now that you know, lets strive to embody the positives of the word and transform ourselves and our lives for the better with this little slice of Serenity.
David Linares, LMHC