RevGals this morning Jan invites us to share words that we like. Just the other day I remember referring to a word and saying (out loud, no less), "that is such a great word!" Of course, this morning I have no recollection of what the word was. Such is my life these days! But what a great exercise (thanks, Jan!), and I will strive to do it justice. It may take all day to come up with those words...
puppy - This word invokes an automatic release of endorphins, smiles, a pause to consider the cuteness of such creatures and, if I'm lucky enough to have one in my clutches, squeals of delight! Few things bring instant joy to my being like puppies.
engaging - I use this word a lot in its various conjugations. I invite my congregation to engage scripture; I find a person to be engaging; I encourage parishioners to get engaged in a ministry where they feel passion--you get the idea. To me the word is about involvement, investment, participation, jumping in with both feet, taking a risk, not being idle, and so on. It's dynamic and energizing and get-my-butt-out-of-the-chair motivating.
hope - I've been through some tough, discouraging years, but I manage to keep putting one foot in front of the other because I have hope that better times are ahead. 'Nuff said.
on the verge - I'm cheating because this is a phrase, but it relates to hope (see above), and possibilities (see below). It engenders a sense of anticipation, awakening, and transformation. I'm kind of big on those three things. On the Verge is also an excellent play.
possibilities - as an INFJ I am all about what can be. I will be out of a job at the end of the month, making this is a time of opportunity and renewal, and the possibilities are ripe with redemption (that's another word I like).
Crucible - I had to add this as a sixth word. It holds meaning for me as an introvert (this appear to be something of a stream of consciousness list), and a "process" person. It's also one of my favorite plays (by Arthur Miller--am I detecting a theme?). Trying to parse its significance to me feels like it would detract from its power, so I will let this brief offering stand.
If you're interested in the words that matter to some other folks, hop on over to RevGals and check out those posts!