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Mar 29, 2020
I saw an image that inspired "Kaleidoscope" many years ago, and have since forgotten where I saw it, but it's been stuck fast in my head since then. I started wondering if there was a word for that, when an image or an idea gets caught up in the wheels of your mind and never falls back out.
That took me down a winding internet path of words that wonderfully describe very specific emotions and feelings. Lots of those words are made up (but really, aren't all words made up?). But some of my favorites are words from other languages. Words like...
Something at once chaotic and joyful.
Living a simple life; pleasantly contemplative, unhurried in a fashion that inspires mental well-being.
Literally 'staircase wit'; a witty and/or incisive response that comes to mind some time after an interaction.
To sit together in conversation at sunset/ in the evening.
Bliss, lasting contentment; spiritual, ‘unconditional’ happiness.
Relaxation of body and mind; sleepiness, drowsiness; the ‘sweetness of doing nothing’.
Anticipation when waiting for someone, and repeatedly checking to see if they've arrived.
To stare idly and curiously; to loiter, hang around and casually watch.
An intense, irrepressible desire for freedom.
Literally ‘window weather'. Weather that is pleasant to look at through a window, but unpleasant to be outside in (e.g., cold, windy).
Waiting for something to happen; the strange quiet before a momentous event.
The possibility or approach of not worrying about things that cannot be changed.
Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity in the midst of activity or chaos.
And finally, I offer you:
A deep sense of place, warmth, friendship, and contentment.
For more, check out The Positive Lexicography Project.
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