Today, I celebrate the word restore.
The verb restore is one to use in prose, poetry, and conversation. It is precise in its promise of righting wrongs. The practice of restoring requires faith in bringing back the authenticity of the original. Restoring provides the opportunity to make whole again.Restore’s intended use with an object has resonating applications for both concrete and abstract nouns.
Concretely, one can restore furniture, paintings, photographs, jewelry, buildings, vehicles, musical instruments, clothing, statues, or documents. This is not to be confused with replicating or replacing.
The action word restore is also one to practice in living.
And here, I refer to abstract objects — the ideas, the man made constructs:
This abstract restoration offers the best chance at sustaining our most authentic self. Listen to your genuine cravings for well being to restore what becomes lost in the busyness of living.
I blame well-meaning writing coaches for campaigning against the use of passive language. We are taught the following statements are weak.
So rather than clearly and objectively stating a condition, writers are supposed to replace the passive “has” with an active verb. Suffer, then, does the trick; it is dramatic. The word itself is pronounced with a softness, a weakness, a helplessness: [suhf-er]. It does not sound tough.
Recently, I read “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” by Haruki Murakami and the following line gave me pause. I tossed it back and forth in my mind.
When we talk about having an illness “suffering is optional.”
The word I would use instead of suffer is one of graceful strength.
One can endure the pain, weather the storm, and carry on.
Mining seems a straightforward word, boring even, completely understood on its face.
If you would like to see some images of the immense impact of mining here is a quick google image search. This type of digging in and unearthing is paramount to success as a writer.
Everyone has seen the surface. Everyone has ideas.
Be a pioneer, burrow in, and draw out something of value. Pull it from the dirt. Examine its authenticity.
Take this resource to your crafting table and create.
Trigger words exist.
Words we now know are politically incorrect are real.
And this matters.
Words cannot be swallowed back.
Words tossed out casually or flippantly have consequences, mostly mild and in accumulations severe.
Here are two related facts: (1) my eighth grade teacher gave out copying dictionary pages as a punishment. And (2) in eighth grade, I broke classroom rules during social studies.
A boy with dreams more than a few
Worked so hard ’til they all came true.