TGIF ~ Words

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Happy Friday ~ for many of us working peeps in the USA, this is a three-day weekend, so yay!

This week was better for me in the neck and head pain department, but I had a lot of insomnia. Both things, I think, were due to my avoidance of my special neck pillow, which for years helped with neck pain, but lately it seems to make it worse. I have to get used to regular squishy pillows again, but I keep waking up. It’s not so bad getting up early because I can write and schedule more blog posts, but then I get tired in the middle of the afternoon.

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother, amirite?

I’ve been thinking a lot about words, not that I don’t always, but in particular I’ve been ruminating (moo) on words that fall in and out of favor. The other day at a meetup, someone used the phrase “navel gazing,” and half the room didn’t know what it meant. He asked if it was because he’s British, and I said no ~ I’ve always known what it meant. In fact, I used to have a funny blog tag “navel glazing” (kind of a donut joke), but I don’t now because I understand that tags are used for readers to find you (doh). Of course, I didn’t say that to the British guy because only bloggers find references to blog stuff interesting. No one else cares.

There’s also “stupid,” which seems like an innocuous word, but to parents it’s as bad as a curse word, and they don’t want you to use it around their children. Teachers don’t want it used in class. I guess it’s the new R-word. Kids will just come up with another way to insult each other though, whether for “playful” teasing or vicious harm. They always have, and they always will. I’m not saying it’s a good thing; it’s just reality. That whole “sticks and stones” motto that parents of a certain generation said was pretty much BS ~ we know now that words do hurt. They can tear you down, whether you’re a child or a spouse. Derogatory names are especially painful if a group of your peers hurls them at you repeatedly, and not just in person but also on social media. As we know, social media never sleeps. TG it wasn’t around when I was getting bullied as a little girl.

Back when I used dating sites (barf), there was a tagline I often put on my profile: “Let’s start a brand new story…” This is a line from the Bee Gees song “Words,” which I adore. The line wasn’t BS from me on those sites ~ I truly believed it was possible for two people to meet later in life and create their own love story despite all the baggage from their pasts. And it is possible ~ for other people ~ I have witnessed it. But it wasn’t in the cards for me.

Smile an everlasting smile
A smile can bring you near to me
Don’t ever let me find you down
‘Cause that would bring a tear to me

This world has lost its glory
Let’s start a brand new story now, my love
Right now, there’ll be no other time
And I can show you how, my love

Talk in everlasting words
And dedicate them all to me
And I will give you all my life
I’m here if you should call to me

You think that I don’t even mean
A single word I say
It’s only words and words are all I have
To take your heart away

The Brothers Gibb wrote this song and recorded it in 1967. It became a No. 1 hit in several countries, though it only reached 15 in the US. Enjoy!

This post is in response to Jim’s Thursday Inspiration, where he also shared a Bee Gees song.

©️2023 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

26 responses to “TGIF ~ Words

  1. I knew an 80 year old blogger from New Zealand who met the love of her life at 80. He was 68. 😊 They had an active, sexual, romantic mutual love and reveled in their bliss and blogged about it for years until she died a couple of years later.

    It is possible. And I love the lyrics in this song. 💟

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  2. blindzanygirl

    Paula I am so sorry to read that you have been having all that horrible pain plus insomnia. It’s sickening isn’t it. I hope the squishy pillows work. I know the phrase navel gazing and rather like it, love the song.

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  3. Words are weird, Paula, basically! How they come in and go out of fashion… who decides? Is there a secret word committee somewhere that decides the popularity of words, and decrees which commonly used words are no longer fit for purpose? 🤔
    I hope your sleeping pattern regulates itself soon! 🙂

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  4. I enjoy seeing the word- “ruminating” followed by “moo”…LOL
    I am a great fan of archaic words and enjoyed your stroll through “navel gazing.” Excellent.
    Hope you can find comfy pillows for sleep.

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  5. Is the word unintelligent better than saying stupid? Let’s start a brand new story, sounds a lot better than what I used, which was I want to talk like lovers do from the Eurythmics. I love the song you shared, Paula and I hope you have a great weekend.

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  6. Happy Friday!!!! I think that finding live again later in life is a little magical. It’s like teenage love but this time you’re not broke so you can do fun things. 😂

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  7. here’s to hope for a good sleep Paula! 💞

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  8. I love this song.

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  9. Hello Paula here’s my link:

    Red Carpet – Haiku 2023 #TGIF

    Happy long weekend!

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  10. This has reminded me that I have to put the sheets back on the bed, lol

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  11. I am also glad that I wasn’t on social when I was getting bullied at school.

    I hope your sleep/neck/head situation improves.

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  12. Words are magical, in a way. Or, close as we can come. I think maybe we don’t respect them enough, or fear them enough, or we cheapen them. That is why I hate that blocks of text on web pages are called simply, content, and why computers have been programmed to use them without thought and pretend they say something.
    Words are how humans wrap up thoughts and hand them to each other. I want to grab these AI computers by their wiry silicon necks and tell them that. That they can’t have them. They’re ours.

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