As part of the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m writing a manifesto of what I believe and what delights me, based on unusual words. Today we’re stopping at the letter H.
I especially love the word I’ve chosen for today because while we know it as defined in one way, its archaic meaning is something different. I’m fascinated by those progressions and shifts and unfoldings that make language dynamic. And while we often believe progress is infinitely more desireable and the faster we can get rid of the old the better, I think it can be helpful and informative to return to origins and see what magic they held.
In any case, let me introduce you to today’s word: heyday.
While we know heyday as the time when something or someone is most successful, or popular, or at its zenith, the arachic definition, with its first known usage in 1599, is: “high spirits; expression of elation or wonder.”
I think it’s a perfect word for my manifesto. I often like to say I think my purpose in life is to keep my feet on the joy trail and my eyes open to the wonder and magic of the everyday sacred.
Just this morning I’m inclined to say heyday! to these fabulousities – what I hope is the final visit from Jack Frost to my windows until next winter; this rock and all its beautiful markings and inclusions; my sweet cat friend Solaria.
I love living in a world where I can exclaim heyday frequently – there are so many curious, fascinating, spectacular wonders populating this realm and I delight in focusing my attention and intention on noticing and appreciating them.
What about you? What has you declaring heyday! today? Have a favorite word that has morphed in its meaning over time? Have something you’d like to declare in the manifesto of you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.