Saturday, July 12, 2008

What's your word?

This is so cool. I found it on my friends blog, who was inspired from another friends blog. Isn't that how it goes?? Anyway, I'll just quote them, cuz one is private, and the other, I don't know if she wants that much exposure!! ;) So the names have been changed!

Anna wrote in her blog: "I'm reading a really good book right now called Eat, Pray, Love. There is a part in the book where she is having a conversation with one of her Italian friends about what their word is. Trick is, it has to be a verb. It would be easier if you could chose an adjective, but that is part of what makes this interesting. Her word is SEEK. It made me think, "what is my word?". It came pretty quickly to me, my word is BECOME. I decided to look up the definition in the dictionary to see if it equated to what I was feeling. Sure does. Become: to grow to be; change or develop into by growth (i.e. a tadpole becomes a frog) or (Anna becomes a teacher, more compassionate and stronger). Anyway, what's your word? I'll give you extra credit if you look up the definition (see I'm becoming a teacher already)."

Lena wrote in her blog: My word is "be." This is a state-of-being verb. This is to exist or live: Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question. Every day I need to ask myself: "What do I want to be today?" Happy, at peace, guilt-ridden, lonely, angry, hateful, grateful, joyful, radiant, loved, lovable, loving. I have to choose every day to "BE" something. I will always BE Lena Bartholomew. But what Lena do I choose?

They are both so wise, so I was thinking about MY word. Someone left a comment saying something about it being thought provoking. So I said, yes, indeed I had been provoked. And then it occurred to me, maybe that should be MY word. So I looked it up:

pro·voke –verb (used with object), -voked, -vok·ing.

1. to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
2. to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
3. to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
4. to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?

Hmmm... VEX, I enjoy that word. :) Sorry back to the task at hand.

I would say, I am provoked daily. DH does something stupid...I know- never right? The kids don't do what they are asked... you see where I'm going, no? They provoke each other, hourly. Parker walks in and changes the channel on Emma, things like that. :)

I read posts on your blogs, and I'm provoked to leave you a comment, of support, or agreement, or chuckle with you!

I go to fun Nationwide(this yr was worldwide!!) Retreats for families, and I'm provoked to throw one at home. Ok, so it is only a two hour party, not a whole weekend, but still, ya gotta start small-ish right? We have almost a 100 people coming! YAY!

When they told us Jack wasn't going to live...I'd say I was provoked. Provoked to stand up for him, and what we believed he would BE( Lena's word) and BECOME(Anna's word). I'm provoked everyday, to fight for him still! I was provoked to start a support group, for kids being treated for clefts at PCMC. We know have 112 members.

I'm also provoked every time Jack smiles at me, or gives me the "how ya doin" head nod, I melt. Or when the kids are sweet to each other, and helpful, and the boys say "Love you mom!" I am provoked to know that they really are good kids.

I am provoked to laughter when a friend sends me a silly or cute picture on my phone. I am provoked to love, when someone wants to kiss me. I am provoked to remorse, when I yell too much at my kids. I'm provoked to cry, when a beautiful singer sings a beautiful song.

This picture shows a womone crying. And I have to say, when I am provoked I cry. Whether it's tears of sadness, or frustration,or anger, or tears from laughing your guts out, or pure joy, or being so proud you could burst.

I am amazed that this word, seemingly so negative, seems to fit- at least for me.

So what is YOUR word. And like Anna said, you get extra points, for looking up the definition. :)


Lisa said...

Wow....this was a fabulous post. I loved hearing your word and then reading about the deeper meaning behind it. I saw several blogs around new years time where people were choosing a 'word' for the year. I never blogged about my word, but I did choose one....simplify. For me, life is happier when it is simple. In fact, I might have to blog about this. So I will save my words and write them down for everyone to read :)
Thanks for the thought 'provoking' post!

Lisa said...

Oh yes, one more thing....I love your new background!