Tag: Healing

A Word on Wednesday: Humility

Humility is not the same as depreciation. I wish I had known. Self-depreciation is the narrative looping to me, from me, in me, all me is that I am no good. Too ugly, too dumb, too mean, too crazy, too lazy, too loud, too…

A Word on Wednesday: Caesura

Caesura is the main pause of a poem. The word originates from 16th Century Latin, literally translating to a cutting, from caedere to cut.   The stop or pause in a metrical line, is often marked by punctuation or by a grammatical boundary, such as…

A Word on Wednesday: Guilt

Shame: Who I am is not okay. Guilt: What I do is not okay.   Growing up Catholic, I developed a misunderstanding of shame. The Catholic Church often gets blamed for this, and it is certainly not the only place one learns shame and…

A Word on Wednesday: Stylus

  Stylus: noun. An instrument of metal, bone, or the like, used by the ancients for writing on waxed tablets, having one end pointed for incision the letters and the other end blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet. Today, people picture a plastic pen-like…

A Word on Wednesday: Passioneer

The noun passion is a strong emotion or feeling most often associated with lust and desire. The suffix –eer originally occurred in loanwords from the French (buccaneer and pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise significantly associated…

A Word on Wednesday: Counting

This week, I reached one year smoke free! At the time of this writing, I have been a quitter for: 366 days, 06 hours, 36 minutes, and  25.8 seconds.  But who’s counting?    Actually, the phone ap “Just Quit” counted for me, and the…

A Word on Wednesday: Stronger

Stronger is not second place in a race of three — strong, stronger, strongest. Rather, it is a record of growth. Stronger is a superlative from the root word strong and can refer to physical and mental vigor.When a comparative adjective is used, it requires one…

A Word on Wednesday: Recovery

I decided to wrap up my Mental Health series with the word recovery. The word recovery dates to the mid Fourteenth Century, from the Anglo-French recoverie; it speaks to a “return to health.” Contemporary usage considers recovery as the act of recovering. This first definition…

A Word on Wednesday: Diagnosis

Don’t let them LABEL you!  Don’t let them LABEL your child! Don’t believe the LABELS! The word diagnosis is not synonymous with “label.”  The medical term, diagnosis, is simple and straightforward. The noun’s primary definition is twofold (a) the process of determining by examination the nature…

A Word on Wednesday: Stigma

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”    When we think about Mental Health Awareness, we often hear pleas to stop the stigma. Stop the stain, the blot, the tarnish that is mental illness. By definition: The noun,…