Musing on these words while thinking about my childhood and the way my WASP parents reared me, I suspect I never had a chance to not be kind. I just didn’t, but that’s only me. 😇
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE KIND?
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KINDLY PLANNING MY FUTURE
Opening a Franklin Planner catalogue that came in the snail mail a card fell out onto the counter top. The card, featured in the photo below, clearly states the raison d’être of the company.
I started laughing because, well– hell to the yes, this company wants me to plan. Thanks for reminding me, just in case I didn’t notice the name of your company.
But the more I looked at the card the more I realized that I adhere to a slacker philosophy that is more geared toward doing good enough. This is because I realize that plans change, often– and that I can live contentedly not planning every stinking detail of my best life.
Yes, I’d say that I’m being kind to myself by allowing for things to not be best. 🙄
HOW ABOUT YOU, DO YOU PLAN FOR YOUR BEST LIFE OR FOR YOUR GOOD ENOUGH LIFE?
These are the core values I voted for when I cast my ballot for Joe and Kamala. In fact as I did so I couldn’t help smiling and thinking of a good friend of mine who says her motto is: Do the right thing.
Well, kids, I did the right thing and hope you did, too.
Instead of writing a lengthy post about my thoughts and feelings regarding the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election, I’m going to share a collection of twitter screenshots I took over the weekend.
They explain my thoughts, both serious and humorous, better than I can do so myself. Plus the question at the end is THE question. 😉
The editor challenges you to explain something using only the ten hundred most used words in the English language. This is more difficult to do than you may think.
At least it was for me a wordy girl who loves to vary my words, relying on nuance to get my point across, fearlessly using polysyllabic words.
Follow the link shared above and see for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about how The Up-Goer Five Text Editor will stop you lickety-split if you use a word that is not one of the top ten hundred.
If you choose to mess around with this editor, let me know how it goes for you. Just curious…
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A SIMPLE QUESTION
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “It has been estimated that the vocabulary of English includes roughly 1 million words.” [Read more here.]
Of all the words in the English vocabulary which ONE is your favorite?
I. Stuck in traffic I laughed out loud when I saw the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. The bumper sticker said:
ANNOY THE BORING
The car had no other bumper stickers, suggesting this bumper sticker had nothing to do with 2020 politics. In fact the bumper sticker looked like it’d been on the car for years.
While we’ll never know why this person put this particular bumper sticker on his car it does lend itself to contemplation. I figure we all know how to ANNOY each other without any further investigation, but we can contemplate who THE BORING might be.
‘Tis a fact that you have to define your terms if you want to communicate a useful + meaningful message. No doubt this bumper sticker was meant to be a prompt for existential thought, a declaration of raison d’être, and a catalyst for conversation.
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II.So I sat down at ye olde computer to find the dictionary definition for *boring* while also checking what the thesaurus had to say. Then I did a fast internet search about *boring people* so I might learn about the traits generally associated with people who are considered boring.
Synthesizing this information I created the following cursory list of the types of people who I shall refer to jointly and separately as THE BORING.
INSIPID: talk too much/have unbalanced conversations
STALE: stuck in a rut or routine never doing anything new
LACKLUSTER: have no opinions about or passions for anything in life
QUOTIDIAN: hang on phone or stare at other screen instead of engaging directly with people
TIRESOME: only complain or talk about their disappointments in life, what is wrong with the world
SOUL-DESTROYING: lack, or do not use, empathy/are bad listeners
DULLSVILLE: talk in droning voice, often referred to as flat affect
STODGY: have no sense of humor &/or cannot tell a story/joke
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III. Below is a poll question for you to answer. I listed THE BORING, as defined above, in such a way as to allow you to pick one. That is, which one of these types of behaviors drives you bonkers the fastest?
Or to put it differently: WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO ANNOY THE MOST?