Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mansuetude – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/14/18

Holidays: Frantic or Fun? Your Choice … 

Moving into the Holiday Season, we generally affect one of two attitudes. Either frantic frenzy with shopping, parties, decorating, cooking, and did I mention parties? 😊

For others, the Season brings calm planning, peaceful thoughts of gratitude, heartfelt karaoke Holiday songs, goodwill toward our friends and foe alike, and a certain …

MANSUETUDE (manʹswi tōōdʹ) n. – gentleness; tameness. [WW #190] 

Hmmm, a word that just makes you want to say, “Ahhhhhh.” Your attitude of mansuetude for the next couple of months can foster happy thoughts and seasonal good will that could take you through the New Year. Wouldn’t that be a nice beginning to build on?

Tip for a calmer, more meaningful New Year of mansuetude: Do you have a large list of fave songs on your music device or on the radio? (Yes, the radio is still alive and thriving.)

Choose a song as a theme for each month of the New Year; a melody and/or lyrics that give you a mental boost and puts a little jiggle in your walk with feel-good energy. 

Have even more fun pairing it to the month, like: January – “I Can See Clearly Now” (Johnny Nash1972); or July – “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft. Just sway back ’n’ forth in the balmy air ... you simply can’t be in a bad mood after that. Though these are both “moldy oldies,” the music spectrum is wide and long … have fun!

When you feel life is getting the better of you, hum your tune of the month. Or better yet, belt it out at the top of your lungs … generate a calming or joyful mood of mansuetude.  

If nothing else in your life, you control your strength of mind and choice of mansuetude over chaos. Try it. Send a ripple into the Universe and watch it gently rock your world. If no one feels it but you, that’s okay too. It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day

Word Challenge: MANSUETUDE. Let your inner reflection take a deep breath, as you fit mansuetude into your week of peaceful writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series. They make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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