Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
J is for…
jargogle – to confuse, jumble, befuddle.
In a more mundane sense it would seem likely that one might which to avoid jargogle. That to confuse and jumble things is not something to be desired. But lets invite a broader view here.
One of the ways I tend to think of us all is as pulsating creatures – infinitely expansive and contractive; responsive, adaptive, creative beings. We are on a journey of evolution, of enlightenment, of moving into pure source clarity. There are endless opportunities to do that. In fact, I believe everything we experience in this life is precisely that opportunity.
But sometimes it feels like we’re making more progress journeying ahead and sometimes it feels like we’re mired in stuckness. There are all sorts of explanations for this, including the natural rhythm of things, but I think one thing we struggle against is the tendency as humans to want things to remain the same. To find a comfortable set point and order our lives around maintaining it. Change is hard and we’re all very good at resisting it.
But without change there isn’t the possibility of growth. Which is why I advocate finding ways to jargogle our thoughts, our patterns, our habits.
It seems to me these times call for nothing less than transformation and metamorphosis. It may seem we’re called to this as a response to things that are occurring collectively, or it may feel more personal, as though we’ve lost ourselves or forgotten who we are. But in any case, I think T. S. Eliot had a helpful observation:
“…last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”
We can’t operate in today’s world the same way we did yesterday. We need to find new, better language; new, more compassionate responses; new, more inclusive ways to work together; new, clearer ways to express ourselves and our gifts. Let us not go back. Let us not fall asleep again. Let us jargogle our way into new ways of being and fresh ways of doing.
So tell me, what do you wish to change? How can you shake things up and shift them? What can you combine into an entirely new pattern? Do tell – you know I love to hear.