The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 17, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “least-favorite word.” Use your least-favorite word in your post. If you can’t decide on one, use a word that just really bugs you. Enjoy!

Linda’s prompt excited me and set me thinking. I could not think of any word that I did not like. Words by themselves are neither good nor bad. They represent an action or a thought. The latter make words good or bad.  Kindness, hope, humility have positive energy in them. Words like rape, exploit, cheating, injustice leave a feeling of anger or sadness in us. They leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Hate is my least favourite word. I never use it. I would have used it long back. When we are young most of us think in extremes but our thinking changes as we grow older. Hating something or someone is such a waste of emotion. If we hate someone, we are in their power. They control our feelings and emotions. I do not like that.

I often wonder about the history of words. Long back there were only spoken words. And before that there would have been only sounds. It would be a fascinating journey if we could go back in time to see how words came into being. It is difficult to imagine a world without words😊. Why go back into the distant past, when I do not remember when the marks in a book became letters and words for me 😊.

Coming back to the prompt, I do not like words such as differently-abled or special people or mentally challenged for people with disabilities. Such words have been coined by so called normal people to make themselves feel more comfortable with the disabled. They are just better sounding words and nothing else. Words of regret like ‘If only…’ are very sad. We take a decision believing it to be the right one at that time. We know whether the decision we had taken was right or wrong only much later. Many a time it is too late to go back.

To end on a positive note I would like to close with these words by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.’

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

6 comments

  1. You are right in saying that context gives meaning to words. I don’t like a trait of false propaganda in anyone as it creates negative energy in general. Other than that I can’t think of words that I dislike without context.

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