Festive Merry Keeps Holiday and Writers Bright
Today’s word-of-the-day selection is merry: (adjective) – Old English for shortening time by passing it pleasantly. The modern meaning, jolly, emerged in the 14th century. (Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto). This word attaches itself to Christmas like New does to Year. Moreover, it happens earlier and earlier each year. My husband lamented that he saw Merry Christmas decorations displayed in a local big box store before Labor Day this year! In other words, way too soon. Go figure.
The Connotation of This Jolly Word
Saying the word aloud, you notice that it sounds like the girl’s name, Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, comes to mind. She is forever silent and serene in manger scenes across the globe this time of year. But, do you remember who instigated the water-turned-to-wine miracle at the wedding at Cana? That’s right! Mother Mary! For a detailed explanation of this miracle, see the late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s essay http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/cana.htm
And Now a Message from Merry
The message of this festive term is one of mirth: Write with the joy of knowing that what you say needs heard! This message touches on growing one’s flow through believing the writing’s worth. Knowing the value of your words gives you confidence. Furthermore, it gives you something to celebrate when the book, essay, or blog post is done.
First light a candle. Next, think of an event, person, or situation that really interests you. How might you share your interest with others? Finally, free-write about it for 15 minutes. See if that joy is multiplied as you write as quickly as you can!
Here’s to growing your flow,