Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on a lexicon (vocabulary specific to a certain subject) of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way” and that’s my plan for approaching this challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word takes me.
B is for…
beamish – (adj) bright, cheerful, optimistic. First known usage 1871.
While this isn’t a word you likely hear often, if ever, in conversation, it’s definition seems rather obvious. Still, it’s a word that delights me and therefore belongs in my lexicon. I love thinking of beamish people. My heart takes a happy turn just feeling into the hopefulness such attitudes invoke.
I’m not sure I consider myself precisely a beamish person, although I suspect some might think I am. It’s true I’m customarily optimistic, but I think of myself as quietly holding that energy rather than demonstratively radiating it.
I do like Roald Dahl’s pronouncement “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like the sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
But the idea of beamish also makes me think about actual beams of light, and turns my mind to the sun and moon.
This card from Tantra Designs by artist Peter Douglas is a favorite of mine and I keep it displayed. It was given to me as a wedding card celebrating my union with my sunny Leo partner. I’m the reflective Cancerian moon. Like our celestial counterparts, ours has been a wonderful love story.
The Efik people of southeastern Nigeria have a folktale explaining why the sun and moon live in the sky. In ages past, the Sun and Water were great friends on Earth. After visiting Water’s home many times, Sun extended an invitation for Water to visit his home. But when Water arrived, he overflowed Sun’s home, forcing Sun and his wife Moon, to jump first to the roof of their house and then as the level of Water rose even higher, they leapt up into the sky, where they live now forever.
I smile whenever I think of that story, and I do often as I look at the sky and know Sun and Moon share it, even if we can’t often see them there at the same time.
It delights me as well to hold close the beautiful words of Hafiz:
“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.”
And in that sense, may we all be beamish.
Do you consider yourself a beamish person? Are you more solar or lunar? What favorite “B” word is part of your personal lexicon? Do tell – you know I want to hear.