10 Words

My friend Dawn over at Not Going Postal started this:

What are your favorite 10 words and why? Here’s my list, and start thinking — because I want to hear yours.

Leave them in the comments, or better yet, blog it and leave a link in the comments. If you tweet a link, pop on a #10words hashtag. I know, I’m bossy, but also nosy and want to be able to find your list.

1. Laughter – No surprise that this is my top word.  Growing up, our house was full of laughter.  Our house today is still full of laughter.  I love to laugh, loud and long and clear.  (And yes, I just quoted Uncle Albert.)

2. Gentleness – I want to be treated gently.  Not like a porcelain doll, but gently.  And I always try to treat others with gentle respect.

3. Strength – My name actually means strength.  But I think it’s one of the most important things in life.  Strength to handle what’s thrown your way, both good things and bad things.  Strength to know when you need help.  Strength to help others when they need help.

4. Love – Not just eros.  Not just agape.  Not just philia.  Not just storge.  But all of them together. I am shaped and molded by each of these kinds of love.   Without love, I am nothing.

5. Patience – It’s something I lack, and something I admire in others.  I remember a song from a high school musical(not High School Musical, obviously) called “I Want What I Want When I Want It, And I Want What I Want Right Now”.  Yeah, I have a hard time with that.

6. Goodness – I think I’m a generally “good” person.  That is until I look around me and see my friend volunteering in India and Africa for weeks on end, my college neighbor and his wife being missionaries in Africa, someone anonymously putting an envelope of cash where you’ll find it when you need it most.  I see this, and I am inspired to do more good and be a better person.  Thank you Lili, Chris and Katie, and anon.

7. Peaceful – Just a few weeks ago, I posted the lyrics to a song called “This Peace”.   As I experience the craziest, most chaotic part of my life thus far, I have begun to learn the value of taking time out to relax, regroup and be still.  I have a long way to go, but I’m learning.

8. Faithful – My “faith” ebbs & flows like the tide, but I think that’s fairly normal.  But even at the lowest points, I do still have faith…in something.  Something bigger than me, some greater good.  And I try to be faithful, reliable, steadfast.  I try.

9. Truthful – Don’t lie to me.  Ever.  It doesn’t go over well.  I’ll also try to never lie to you.  Unless you tell me to.  (Oh, and if you think what you’re wearing makes you look bad, and if it actually does make you look bad, and if you ask me if I think it makes you look bad?  I’m gonna tell you the truth.  So don’t ask me if you don’t want the truth.)

10. Compassion – Even if what you’re wearing does make you look bad, and you ask me if it makes you look bad…I will tell you the truth as compassionately as possible.  🙂

After I made my list, I realized that the words that mean the most to me were familiar.  Apparently I do shut up long enough to listen sometimes.  🙂

5 Responses to 10 Words
  1. lettergirl
    August 4, 2009 | 9:06 pm

    This is a beautiful list, Bridget. And yes, I think I’ve heard some of those before… *smile*

  2. punkinmama
    August 4, 2009 | 10:08 pm

    Love your list!

    And what musical is that line from? I know that song from the “Candy Man” record I owned when I was a kid!

  3. Becky
    August 4, 2009 | 11:00 pm

    One of my most favorite posts. I learn more about you every day and realize you are a friend I want to have always and forever. Hope you’re feeling better. 🙂

  4. RJ Flamingo
    August 5, 2009 | 12:28 am

    What a great list! Mine wasn’t nearly so elegant and introspective.:-) I took the liberty of rambling around your blog a bit and really enjoyed it. I had the galloping creeping crud that you seem to have, several weeks ago. My hubs went around telling everyone that I had swine flu. Dawn told me to tell him that if he told someone that again, in my presence, I was to say that I caught it by kissing a pig. He did shut up after that. 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better!