Today’s ‘blogging prompt word “stifle” is so negative, I can’t imagine (shy of DJT being successfully stifled by anyone anywhere) that it could denote something positive. “Stifle it, Edith!” “It’s stifling in here!” Winter is stifling (and uglifying) me as always, and half my kids have stifled themselves in ways.. Indeed, stifle seems a very negative word.
Hence, fellow ‘blogger katieleigh’s post today about her word for 2018 caught my eye and thoughts all the more. As you’ll see, her word is “grit.” I didn’t really put a lot of time into finding out what mine is or ought to be — I just went with what seemed to come forth first. Or (lest I commit to anything!), it has pointed out something I haven’t said to myself in so many words: I’ve stopped trying.
One has to look at the why for that break in order to have some clue as to how to mend it. The main culprit is, unfortunately, my job. It’s been taking too much out of me for at least one but maybe two years, now. I save up energy for the job, and I have none the day after. Except for the wallet and the one weekend day I feel restored at last, it’s a lose-lose thing.
I took it on four years ago so as to financially foot a self-publishing of poetry, and that hasn’t happened, either. I have to edit many of the poems.. That’s not the biggest “stopped trying” disappointment, though. There are many ways I have stopped trying.
Anyway, my word for 2018 may be “try”… but all the above is too much to put in someone’s com-box! if you feel you have a word for 2018, I know Katie would love for you to share it over there in her comments section. She also muses life and reviews books — I always feel I’ve landed somewhere kind, real and wholesome while visiting her ‘blog. I’m sure you will, too.
Have a great Monday, everyone.