January 22, 2019

Happy Tuesday Wholetonians,

It is a great time to be alive, isn’t it? I hope you are settling into this amazing new year… I am preparing for a healthy, prosperous and exciting season to be sure! I will also be passing along several updates in the next few weeks regarding a new release, new projects I am working on, QVC, a new infomercial, and MORE… so stay tuned!

Before we dive into this weeks musing, I want to share a little insight into some big changes in the music industry. You may or may not be aware that the industry has been quickly shifting away from consumers owning their own music via hardcopy (CD’s) and even music downloads (iTunes, etc.) in lieu of “streaming audio,” which is only obtainable by subscription, (a monthly/quarterly/yearly fee). So, when you stop your subscription, you lose your music! In other words, you are paying for…air. You simply rent your music; you do not own…anything.

Here at Wholetones, we have always offered hard copy, music downloads, DVD/BluRay, apps, and our wildly popular Wholetones 2Sleep and Wholetones TO GO music players–and when you purchase them, they are yours forever! Because the industry trends dictate how music is delivered, eventually we may be forced to offer subscriptions but with your support, we will do our utmost to continue to offer music you can keep at a great value! And speaking of value, lets unpack this weeks musing…”Cut It Out.”

As you know, I am a word guy and today the word is…sarcasm. Here is the Webster’s Dictionary definition of sarcasm:

“a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain.”

Interestingly enough, people often use sarcasm to be funny, at another persons expense. If you have ever been on the receiving end of someone’s sarcasm, you may still have the scars to prove it. To find out why sarcasm is so damaging, let me show you where the word originated.

The word sarcasm derives from the Greek word “sarkazein” or “sarkazo,” which literally means “to tear or strip the flesh off.” Hence, it’s no wonder that sarcasm actually means, to cut the flesh. The term “cutting someone down” actually was derived from sarcasm. Sarcasm hurts, sarcasm wounds, sarcasm scars, and there is nothing funny about it.

Psalm 64:3, “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.”

We are here to build each other up, not tear each other down; we are here to heal each others’ wounds, not cut each other with our words. If you are a sarcastic person, then the title of todays musing is for you…Cut It Out!

If your brand of humor is sarcasm…Cut It Out before someone gets hurt. If you have been a victim of sarcasm, and you are still dealing with the pain… never forget that there is someone who can heal your heart, someone that loves you and always makes you feel like you are walking 5 feet above the ground. His name? Jesus.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Each of us has the ability to speak life or death…speak life!




Until next week…


Be Whole,
Michael S. Tyrrell

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