Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Velleity – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/25/2019

A Whispered Wish is of no Wish at All 

How many times in a day do you think or say something prefaced with, “I wish …” Yes, we all do it, and sometimes we’re fortunate that all our wishes don’t come true.

Fervent, silly, wistful, or vile, those wishes expressed with this week’s word are the epitome of “If wishes were fishes … “

VELLEITY (vɘ lēʹ tē) n. – 1) the weakest kind of desire or volition; 2) a mere wish that does not lead to the slightest action. [WW #235]

Motivation manifestos are filled with the opposite of velleity. Yet, there may be a real reason behind our vaguest utterances. Without giving velleity voice to contemplate, how are we to know what true passions await?

Consider, a life can be pointless, floating aimlessly in a sea of velleity, with no purpose or strength. As often said, a good mind is a terrible thing to waste …

No wish said today with velleity, is too small or weak, if we mull it over and give it voice. For what we wish today, may become a goal and accomplishment of tomorrow.

Word Challenge: VELLEITY. Dream big. Wish bigger … as you slip velleity into your week of not-so-weak 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 about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. 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!]

Note: Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
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