Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Resile – Wordplay Wednesday™ 05/22/2019

Springing Back from Winter Doldrums 

As Spring stretches toward Summer, we rebound from a Winter’s nap, and begin to leap between raindrops and scattered sunshine. Spring puts a bounce back in our steps …

RESILE (ri zīlʹ) vi. – 1) to bounce or spring back, rebound, specif., to come back into shape or position after being pressed or stretched: said of elastic bodies; 2) to withdraw or recoil, often with from [they resiled from their arrangement; we resile from personal attacks]. [WW #217]  

So … we know the common word, resilience (noun) … but how often do you use its intransitive verb cousin, resile? Even Microsoft’s spellcheck wants to change it to resale or resole.

Resile is a perfect word for a pick-me-up self pep talk. Ever had a month (or more) with some of life’s more irritating, frustrating, and annoyingly time-consuming events usurping your time? You know the kind – not of your doing, but adversely affects your life, and you must wade through the mess to its ultimate conclusion.

Though beginning to resile from recent miseries, I feel “pressed and stretched” beyond recognition. Or as the parents used to say, “Hung out to dry, and still put away wet”!

I believe we all have the capacity to resile from most life events. That doesn’t mean it won’t take effort and resolve. In addition to the family of resilience, faith in oneself is essential. You can do it. You will resile from the negative effects, and perhaps discover a silver lining.

Whatever it takes, hang on. My cousin, Ron, advised decades ago with a humorous image that still looks over my shoulder as I write: “Never Give Up!!!” And I added, “Soon as you do, the other guy wins.”

Word Challenge: RESILE. It isn’t always easy to find the humor in all life events; but if you try, you might just crack a smile, as you slip resile into your week of survival writing.

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 about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. The true behind-the-mic tales 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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