Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with writing a manifesto of what I believe and hold dear, based on unusual words.
Today we’re visiting the letter G, and I’d like to introduce you to a Dutch word Gezelligheid.
Gezelligheid means “the warmth of being with loved ones.”
I feel very lucky indeed to have been steeping in Gezelligheid lately. I recently attended an annual retreat where I gather with a dear group of friends/sparklemates (isn’t that a fabulous word?! – thank you Candace!). It’s such a joy to gather and spend time working and playing together with these beautiful beings. I feel like a sponge drinking up all the goodness, and sometimes I have to pinch myself wondering how I’ve managed to be part of all this wonderfulness.
And just as much as I love being with this group of friends, there is also the delight of coming home and being with my family again. I’ve been basking in that these past few days as well.
How fortunate and grateful I am. I love that the Dutch have a word for this. I wonder if it helps keep that awareness more in the forefront. I don’t ever want to become jaded about this. I see that a lot – this sort of forgetting the joy of being with those you love. Perhaps having a word in your language to describe it makes it easier to acknowledge and harder to forget.
I suspect one of the reasons I’m attracted to unusual and new-to-me words is how expansive it feels. Each presents an opportunity to see a little bit more into the world; to understand something a bit more clearly; to open up a new vista. I especially like words from other languages that seem to suggest the native speakers look at things differently than the paradigm my language works in. It feels exponentially powerful and spacious as though it pulls at my edges. I love that.
I love living in a world where we get to experience Gezelligheid. To be held in love is a precious thing and I hope we can all do that for one another.
What about you? Are you in love with a foreign word? A favorite feeling word? Do tell – you know I love to hear.