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.
Y is for…
yeverous – (adj) eager, zealously enthusiastic, impetuous
This obsolete word, circa 1400s, delights me with all its sparkling I’m-ready-NOW energy.
I feel this energy so clearly when Spring suddenly shows up, ready to put Winter in the rear view mirror, and bursting forth with joyful fervor. It’s almost as though you can feel the energy beneath your feet shifting, vibrating, pushing all those dormant seeds into wakefulness, and cheering them on. And then pop, pop, pop – a profusion of sprouts, and leaves, and tiny blossoms. Yeverous magic!
I always smile at this admonishment from Osho:
“Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and the oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
listen to the existence and become part of it.”
Isn’t that really what life is showing us and inviting us to participate in?
When I consider the word yeverous, I also think of the archetype of Tarot’s Fool. I love the Fool.
In my mind Fool carries freshness, innocence, pure limitless possibility. Knowing everything and knowing absolute nothing. Raw truth and the willingness to speak it. Ability to rise above restrictions because they’re simply not recognized. Fool transcends tradition, convention and social norms with exuberance. And in doing so is able to bend perspective. Fool offers the reminder that we’re free to choose. With every step, in every moment. And Fool most definitely invites magical encounters with the unknown. There is always the invitation to remember life is an adventure to enjoyed, and change is part of the path. Fool is at the beginning of the journey, an initiate ready to rush ahead in unconcerned delight, seeing the path ahead as a playground of opportunity. Each moment is original and is to be met open-heartedly and with sparkly-eyed mischievousness. That’s a very yeverous attitude.
There is often a stigma attached to the term innocence, somehow implying that one is naïve or vulnerable, idiotic or ignorant. I have to smile at that because, in truth, it is innocence that keeps one available to learn; keeps one available to transformation.
I often start new journals with an invitation to Fool – an invocation to begin the journey from a place of limitless potential and infinite possibilities, and a willingness to see the wonders all around.
I often think comic/actor Robin Williams carried a profoundly yeverous spirit, and I think he expressed it well when he said:
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Isn’t that a delightful invitation to fan the flame of the Fool spark within?
It appears Spring is actually arriving here now (finally!). And with the imminent winding down of this A-to-Z challenge (so much fun, but I’m most definitely feeling the exhaustion of such a marathon), I’m looking forward to what shows up next for me, tickling and inspiring me with yeverous abandon. I have lots of projects in the hopper, including zines to publish, illustrations to create, and armfuls of books to read and perhaps review.
I applaud yeverous perspectives and the vibrancy and delight they invite me into.
Is there something you’re eager to do? Identify with the Fool archetype? Are you impetuous? Do tell – you know I love to hear.