We all have a sense of this word
as stating something in an emphatic, solemn and / or forceful way. But, it’s origin is interesting.
The prefix de, in Latin, indicates thoroughly. The Latin Clarusmeans ‘clear,’ and the related word Clararemeans ‘make clear.’ So the Latin word Declarare, became the Middle English word Declare. Meaning, to make thoroughly clear.
So, what is ‘claring’ anyway? I mean seriously, when we use the word DECLARE what are we saying? Are we taking something away and if so what are we taking away? For example, when we de-frag a computer we are taking away things that are hindering its performance. When we de-clutter, we are removing clutter. Hence the initial question.
This is the time of the year when we reflect on where we are and how much closer we have grown towards our purpose and vision for ourselves. We busy ourselves writing down affirmations and thoughts about what we want to happen and ponder over why we didn’t achieve others.
If what we think about we manifest and we thought a lot about having
A realization dawned on me during the Christmas holiday season this year. Don’t know why I haven’t caught it before; Perhaps it was too obvious? It’s the relationship between anticipation and creativity.
Who is soft, grey and moves about so quietly one doesn’t realize he is there until he is upon you? Oh Kitty! That’s right, we have been blessed with a new, but not really new, four-legged here in the house and it is so cool. This magnificent creature hasn’t even been here a week, as of this writing but he has already seemed to make himself right at home in all the rooms of house as well as the rooms of our hearts.
Personally I’ve always found words interesting, so many of the words we commonly use in the English language have different meanings depending on how they’re used. A case in point is the word change. Of course to change is to become different, to not remain the same in one way or other. But, change is also those coins jingling in our pockets or at the bottom of many, dare I say most, women’s handbags.
Art imitates life because it allows us to examine issues true to the human experience at arm’s length. This distance gives us the opportunity to observe, question, and reflect more comfortably. While it’s always good to take advantage of this, the true payoff is when we bring that learning tangibly back into our own lives by turning reflection into action. This is when life would be well-served to imitate art – the same methodology that artists use to create and shape art can be used by us to create and shape our lives.
CHANGE takes Courage, time, persistence and a whole lot of PATIENCE
November 10, 2014, surfing through some of my writings (nothing by co-incidence) I found an email I wrote to my daughter on September 11, 2008. It reminded me that I have settled once again and it is time to shake things up and make some changes. It is written from my heart in the moment, full of raw emotion and exactly what I personally needed to read again today.
When you are young you develop a picture of yourself in your mind, a picture of your identity, who are you, who do you want to become alike, and there is a constant and intense production of your own opinions about life being created.
Many new studies has shown, that the new young generation has changed in the way they behave on a daily basis, compared to their parents’ generation.
It’s often said, “ a change is as good as a rest”… and interestingly, change is often the very thing we resist…. at least I find that I am more likely than not to “resist change”… I’m a Taurus and I will admit to ‘not handling change very well”.
When I heard the word “Change” I started thinking about what I would like to change in my life. And where to start! I discovered that the thing I ‘change’ most in my daily life is my clothing. As many other women, I have a lot of clothes, even though at times it does not feel that way. I often find myself starring into the closet for several minutes in the morning and I’m just completely blank about what to ‘drag out’ of there!
I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland … always late. So forgive me. I have been on my roller coaster again. This edition’s theme is change, which I am going through quite a bit. I am moving , changing marital status and just evolving. So saddle up and lets go for a bit of a ride.
Change, the word that sends many screaming from the room. It’s a disruption of the status quo. How dare
I thought I was tough! Not like bad-ass, knock-down, drag-out, punch you in the face tough BUT more like a strong constitution/fortitude tough.
Until, almost 4 weeks to this date, I receive a phone call from the spousal unit while traveling in another state that has changed and will change our lives. He said he found our house. At first I thought, whaaa?
Most people would like to spare the change in their lives. Change can come with a hefty price tag at times and this can scare an individual who is not prepared for change. A heart attack, death of a friend or relative, job loss, auto accident or the end of a relationship can shake a person to the core.
I do not think I was truly acquainted with change until I was seventeen. It was more in my face then. I lived in a very small village called Rockton. I had longed to get out of the small town atmosphere. I wanted something bigger, and more exciting. I joined the Army with my parents’ permission.
Most of the time when we think of the subject of grieving, we associate it with the death of someone we care about but the reality of it all is that we humans grieve far more often then most of us are aware of.
What really happens to us when a loved one transitions to the next expression of life?
In my childhood, we were often sitting in a circle pointing out things about life or ourselves we wanted to change. It sounds horrible, but so it was.
I would not change anything about myself, or my life – even the bad stuff. It makes me who I am and I believe it is important to embrace all of life’s experiences as they make us uniquely who we are today.