Self-Discovery, Word by Word: September Kickoff
Self-Discovery, Word by Word is a monthly blog carnival, first conceived by Ashley Solomon from Nourishing the Soul. Each month, the carnival travels to a new host, who centers that month’s posts on a word of their choosing. In September, SDWW is pitching its tent here at MissMaryMax.
When I volunteered to host a month of SDWW, I knew immediately that the hardest task would be choosing the word. I am, to be blunt, rarely the most decisive girl in the room. (See: “she created an interdisciplinary major so she could study everything” and “her favorite sno-cone flavor is rainbow.”) Moreover, as a writer, a quote collector, and an etymology nerd, I find choosing among words particularly challenging. How can I pick just one word from so many quality options? It’s like asking me to pick a favorite Pixar film. Or a favorite letter of the alphabet.
I have, melodramatizing aside, managed to do so. And not surprisingly, I came to this month’s word through one of my other favorite terms, a term far too nerdy and complicated to force upon my blogger friends. That word was palimpsest. A palimpsest, if you haven’t had the pleasure, is a “parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.” In other words, it’s a text that is simultaneously multiple texts simultaneously, a thing what is multiple things. “Palimpsest” reminded me that — whichever word I chose — I wanted it to be a word with multiple meanings, interpretations, and possibilities. So, when I finally did settle on a word, I picked one I love (and wrestle with) for its layers.
In short, I settled on ENOUGH.
I love ENOUGH for many reasons, but the main one is its multiple, simultaneous possibilities. ENOUGH is packed with meanings — from I’ve had all I can standz and I can’t standz no more, to does this really warrant seeking help?, to how much am I, personally, worth? ENOUGH is at the root of questions like how much can I do and how much can I expect? What is too little and what is too much? It’s at the root of questions like How much do I need, how much can I take, and how much can I give? In certain contexts, enough is a problem, in others a solution. It’s a reminder, then, that problems and solutions aren’t always as opposed as they seem.
So, ENOUGH is the word I, this month’s ringmaster, am proposing we explore together. For the month of September, enough is our two-syllable ticket to self-discovery.
What’s that you say? You haven’t participated before — or you haven’t in awhile? No worries. Instructions below in convenient list form!
1) Write something, anything, related to the concept of ENOUGH.
2) Link this post in yours. The linky bread crumbs leading back to the source encourage your readers to participate as well. (You have my solemn word that no brother-and-sister pairs will be baked in the making of this blog carnival.)
4) Watch this space for a round-up of all the ENOUGH posts near the end of the month.
That’s it, folks. That’s all you have to do. So, pretty please make it happen. Whatever you have to say — long, short, personal, political, serious and/ or silly — let it be heard. Or, to plagiarize the words of my grandma, as tattooed on my awesomesauce cousin—