Words, glorious words

Prompt Source:  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-365-writing-prompts/

Seven wonders Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

I think this is my favourite prompt to date.  For the prompt itself with the word focus but also for introducing me to the writing of Khalil Gibran.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahlil_Gibran  Has some information about him, his writing and life.


Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. 

Quote sourced from:  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/k/khalil_gibran.html

Gibran’s quote sounds like me, a strong soul and seared by scars.  My friend once told me that sometimes “my scars were in action” and that is when I was hurting and unreasonable to talk with.


Trying to think of my 7 words.  With the love I have of words it is quite challenging.

Here are 7 of my favourite words:

juxtaposition ( I just like it and its harsh sound when spoken),

dissemination ( I just enjoy saying this one),

yacht (because it took me forever to learn to spell this word),

problematic (I always think of this as a merging of problem and automatic – a forewarning of what would come in the age of the computer),

butterfly (this reminds me of my niece, Jade and the Celine Dion song, “Fly” – that played at her funeral ad still makes me cry all these years later),

imagination (because it can be universal, is free and opens a world of magic),

rational/ rationale (they can often be said in the wrong context and one letter makes a difference in meaning).

There are just so many words that I love for so many reasons.


The 7 most important words for me are:

Loyalty – I am loyal and wish that other people were to me

Respect – I think this must be earned and not merely demanded

Honesty – I try to be extremely honest and wish others were too

Justice – I believe in justice, not necessarily an eye for an eye but justice nonetheless

Truth – I have spent so much of my life in denial that truth has become extremely important to me

unconditional love – There always have to be conditions but sometimes a person is worthy of unconditional love

In many ways these are the words that I try to live my life by.


These are the 7 words that give me hope:

Husband (of 26 odd years , best friend and he always believes in me),

friendship (recent friends that really know me and accept that about me),

family (parents and cousins),

brother (A and B),

group (fb group that I find solace and support in),

writing (some nights I sit up writing and it is like I am with a dear friend.  I feel less alone).

In this group it is not so much the words as what is behind those words.  I have become honoured by the people that I trust and spend time with.


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