Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Either You'll Love It Or Hate It

I'm incredibly excited to be hosting this month's Self-Discovery Word by Word series, started by Ashley at Nourishing the Soul. It wasn't easy choosing a word and either you'll think it's incredibly clever or I'll be inciting the biggest collective eye roll in history. Thing is, it's one of those words that I think is so broad that we should discuss it on a more in-depth level. Because it's so emotive and also so important. In fact, some people think it's the most important thing: love.


Although it is perceived to be of incredible importance, 'love' it's a word we bandy around carelessly and at the same time use to describe such a range of emotions and actions. But what does it really mean to you? Does it have a variety of meanings or is it all encompassing? Is it overused? Or not used enough?

I was out to lunch with some work friends and I was telling them about choosing a word and polled them on what I was thinking. When I mentioned the L-word they both seemed a bit disappointed – what a simplistic and common choice! We talked about a few other options, but when I finally explained why I thought 'love' might be a good word, we embarked on an in-depth (and a little heated!) discussion that turned out to be really interesting. Immediately there was a clear and strong difference of opinion on the subject.

So as when taking a standardized test, I decided it was best to stick with my first choice.

If you'd like to participate in this month's SDWW, write a blog post on 'love' during the month of October and let me know you did by emailing me (also paste in the image above so it's easily recognizable). If you don't have a blog, then you can just email me your thoughts and I'll add them to the round up at the end of the month. You can even do it anonymously if you're shy!

Looking forward to your take on the word that writers, poets, artists and musicians have been obsessed with since about the dawn of time. It's time we bloggers joined in the discussion too.

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