Tag: live well

A Word on Wednesday: Unburdening

There is work to be done, new ideas to be learned, and for that the problems of yesterday and the fears for tomorrow must be put out of the way. By unburdening, we do now allow burdens to continue. Unburdening sighs out the heavy….

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: 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: Worry

People warn not to worry, yet concerns continue and mount without seeming end. These concerns amass to draw attention. If one is careless, the attention becomes worry.  To worry is to torment oneself with disturbing thoughts; to torment with cares, anxieties. To worry is…

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: Awareness

  Awareness is a noun;  it is the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness.    Its synonym, mindful.  Its antonym, oblivious.      For decades, organizations have claimed colors and months to bring awareness to a particular disease or cause. Awareness…

A Word on Wednesday: Jettison

Jettison can be used as a noun or a verb.The action jettison is to cast items overboard to improve stability. A crew jettisons luggage after an emergency is declared as a life-saving measure. In America, this word’s primary definition refers to ridding cargo and…

A Word on Wednesday: Bliss

American mythologist Joseph Cambell (1904-1987) has this to say about bliss:  “When you follow your bliss  … doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”  The cynic will dismiss bliss, mocking…