Today the A-to-Z blogging challenge has us wandering through the world of W. I’m creating a manifesto of things I believe and delight me, based on unusual words. Let me introduce you to windlass.
Although it is also known as a type of winch, an apparatus for moving heavy weights, the definition I’m most interested in is archaic, from Shakespeare’s time:
windlass – circuitous movement; indirect action.
I love this word. For me it conjures up both being blown about by the wind, and traveling a windy, bendy, twisty road. Both are things I delight in. I am most definitely a meanderer and a falling-down-rabbit-holes explorer.
Born under the sign of the Crab, I’ve often thought I carry that particular energy a crab expresses of sidling up to things, rather than moving in a straightforward way. I suspect I adopted this approach as a young child who was so painfully shy a direct approach to anything felt almost overwhelming. But an oblique path always felt much safer and far more comfortable.
And then again there’s the issue of being directionally dyslexic. It’s pretty well assured left to my own devices I WILL manage to get lost. Almost all routes taken by me end up being the longer, more scenic ones. I create my own twisty, windy roads.
But more than simply natural inclinations, I prefer the roundabout path because it offers so many more opportunities to find treasures, to make connections, to discover interesting things. I mean this not only literally with physical routes, but even more so with paths of thinking and actions taken.
As a rule I favor the windlass – traveling the circuitous path affords many possibilities and potentials that moving in a more straightforward path excludes.
What about you? Are you more of a meanderer or a direct unwavering-focus kind of person? Where are you currently headed? We all need good songs when we travel – have a favorite to share? Do tell – you know I love hear.