Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with creating a manifesto reflecting wonders, curiosities, and delights currently captivating me – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
T is for…
Truepenny – a trustworthy, honest, or reliable person (likened to a coin of pure, not alloyed metal)
I like this mid-16th century word, probably inordinately. Still, for me it’s packed with all kinds of goodness. It makes me smile; I value the qualities it describes; and it also slips me into deeper consideration – all good things in my book.
First the smile…
The other day I was searching through some journals, which always promises a trip down rabbit holes. I am a prolific journaler, both written and visual, and have really found no way to organize things that suits me. I explore what intrigues me, make what likely seem random connections between things, so finding exactly where something is often involves guesswork and luck. But I never rue that, as the searching process always, always, always leads me to something else that re-delights me in the moment. Bonus unexpected treasure. And in this case, it was this…
The background paper on this page is a bit of Italian wrapping paper from a gift I received. What’s not to love about Pinocchio paper? I attached to the page an iteration of paper-cut out people I was working with at the time, and as true of all my “people” and actually most of the add-ins in my journals, there is something written on the back. There are always hidden messages and secrets to discover. What I found I had written on the back of this person was a quote from Don Miguel Ruiz:
“Be Impeccable with Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
It amused me at the time to stick her amongst a crowd of long-nosed Pinocchio’s, and it amused me to find her there the other day. Bonus points because I had the quote written in copper ink, and the person’s face outlined in a circle of copper. I couldn’t help but laugh and think I know a truepenny when I see one.
I like the word secondly because I think being trustworthy, honest, and reliable are admirable traits, and I wouldn’t mind being considered a Truepenny.
I think honesty is important, and I think a lot about all the interferences we seem to accept and/or encourage both collectively and individually, both consciously and unconsciously, which move honesty into the background.
When I think about honesty, I’m often inspired by the plant Lunaria, often commonly know as the Money Plant because of it’s silvery coin-like discs. It’s third common name though is Honesty, and this name seems to be have been applied to the plant in the 16th century, the same era of Truepenny’s origin. The name has everything to do with how transparent it is. You can see to the inner core of the dried seed pods.
I think we’re finding ourselves moving into an age of more transparency. Clearly there’s a whole lot of shadow stuff to clean up first, lies still to uncover, coverups to unravel, and all that, but I think that’s the direction we’re moving.
And that sense of transparency is really the third thing that Truepenny has me thinking about. The idea of being pure unadulterated metal, calls to mind for me what I believe our true work here is as spiritual beings – to let drop everything that is not purely, clearly, truly you; to put down everything that is not you, so you can shine your unique divine energy signature purely, clearly, brilliantly. When I look at Lunaria/Honesty I feel like I understand this in a very tangible way. It kind of delights me to think that state of pure I AM-ness might be the even more accurate definition of Truepenny.
I love this quote attributed to S. Holland, although I’ve never been able to discover who S. Holland is (or was). But it is an admonishment I take to heart on my path as a Truepenny:
“No one else but you can make your marks. Listen to your bones. Speak with your spirit. Edit with your head. Live with your heart.”
I wish to be a Truepenny – radiating my pure true essence in ways that bless all those around me.
What about you? Are you a Truepenny? Familiar with the Lunaria/Honesy plant? Know who S. Holland is so I can do a better job with the attribution? Do tell – you know I like to hear.