Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Contumelious – Wordplay Wednesday™ 12/04/2019

Give Kindness a Chance 
‘Tis the season! There are many ways one can become a grinch. We are the sum of our experiences and if life has short-sheeted us, we believe we have every reason to be grumpy.

However … if you give kindness a try … you just might find … it’s better to be kind than …

CONTUMELIOUS (känʹtyōō mē lē ɘs) adj. – rude in a contemptuous way; insulting and humiliating (adv. – contumeliously). [WW #245*]

A contumelious attitude boils down to lack of respect for others. The Golden Rule is a good remedy: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Bonus: it’ll make you feel better too.

Would you like it if a contumelious person let the heavy office door slam in your face, while you precariously juggled briefcase, coffee, and phone?

Characteristic contumelious behavior can be effectively reversed, if you give kindness a try. Life is too short to wear a continuous frown and doing something nice for someone opens more than a door … it opens your heart.

References in literature abound, pointing to a “civilized society.” One does not exist, nor has one ever. There shall never be one, as long as contumelious people have no desire to see that a better way to live is with kindness.

Sadly, with the freedom of the Internet and social media, contumelious insults and humiliation have escalated in our everyday lives. Who knew there were so many mean people in the world?

This month should be about giving … not simply a donation to charity or needy family, but in heartfelt actions, too.

Smile at a stranger; smiles are like ripples in a pond … benevolently boundless. Pay for the coffee of the person ahead of you in line and start a pay-it-forward act of kindness that will last far beyond the last sip of java.

Post a feel-good social media message and vow not to react with venom to the contumelious messages in your feed. If you must respond, do it with constructive criticism in a voice of kindness.
Word Challenge: CONTUMELIOUS. Create a New Year’s resolution of daily kindness (easy and enduring), as you fit contumelious into your week of compassionate 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 in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday and anytime 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. Yes, we sometimes present them out of “official” context—but that’s half the fun! Think of it as “creative context.”
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