Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Munificent – Wordplay Wednesday™ 02/19/2020

A Disgrace to the Forces of Evil 

As you’ve likely heard, a certain infamous, wealthy business owner is in the news for offering billions through his self-named fund to assist in combating climate change. Certainly a generous and noble effort.

As much as he should be applauded, we all know someone who may not possess great wealth, yet never hesitates to offer assistance to those in need throughout his day. Small gestures count too, they just don’t get public kudos …

MUNIFICENT (myōō nifʹɘ sɘnt) adj. – 1) very generous in giving; 2) characterized by or indicative of great generosity (a munificent reward). [WW #256*]

Not to be confused with maleficent: harmful, hurtful, evil – emerging as a popular household name with Walt Disney’s portrayal of Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy godmother – Maleficent: Mistress of All Evil. She is an exquisite antithesis of munificent. The years roll by. But a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day.
Thinking about this week’s word reminded me of a friend who exemplifies munificent every day. He’s enjoying his 60-something birthday today (and a member of our 39 and Holding Club of course) with his usual humor and humility.

In a recent chat, we discussed how we’ve changed as people since our youth. And thankful for it! Successful aging and maturing (not always hand-in-hand) should include a more generous and compassionate nature, in deed and thought. Not always easy to maintain in our current virulent society.

Admittedly, my friend is more altruistic than I—he never turns away anyone who truly needs assistance and strives to live “neighborly”—in a munificent and courteous manner.

If only everyone would display the Golden Rule like my friend: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Word Challenge: MUNIFICENT. It is not always easy to plausibly justify the behavior of generosity and beneficence in your fiction characters or non-fiction subjects. Give it another go as you fit munificent into your week of magnanimous 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!]

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