WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
It’s fun to think of each day – each moment, each thing, each event, each thought – as being enthusiastic. The word ‘enthusiasm’ derives from the Latin word enthusiasmus which means’inspiration’ or ‘frenzy’, and the Latin comes from the Greek word ‘theos’, which means ‘god’ – so I like to picture each day as being inspired, and in a frenzy, about opportunities to show off the sacredness, the godlikeness – of absolutely everything. I see each moment as eager and lively, excited to present some brand-new miracles to me. I picture everything as being enthusiastic. The chair I’m sitting in is passionate about keeping me comfortable, and my desk is wholeheartedly committed to securely holding my computer and keyboard as I type these words. Even these words seem passionate as they parade across the computer screen just now. And thoughts – how vivacious they are as they throw themselves around inside me, while my feelings spiritedly sway and spin. I like to think of life – or Life, with the nickname of ‘Now’ – as a zealous adventurer, and I love the thought that I am its constant companion, an exuberant follower of a dynamic and hearty hero.
THE GIFT OF 'AGREEABLE' One day, the word 'agreeable' gave its best gift to a sadly quarrelsome man, and the man suddenly saw the wisdom of assenting. He turned to his wife and wished she would speak so he could agree, and he gave his enthusiastic consent to the wheezing in his lungs. At breakfast, the lukewarm coffee gave him the chance to be courteous to it, and he greeted a pain in his foot in a chivalrous manner. He made some mistakes that day, which made him mad, but he simply smiled at his anger, and it softly disappeared.