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Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

If my world were reduced to seven words, there is no question I would want words that have more than one meaning. I was raised with the tale that we are each given a different number of words, and upon completion of our usage, we pass on. It is my hope that my integer is quite large as I always have something to say. My feelings are strong, as are my opinions, and I have been gifted with a vocabulary that allows me to express the range of emotions and responses to stimuli.

All that being said, my first word choice would be EMPATHY. The Native Canadian residents in the Northernmost Provinces have multiple words for Snow. Yes, it is white, cold, wet….but it comes in shades of gray, or states of being, such as icy, melting, or soft. That is how I see the value of Empathy. One word contains the active listening, imagining, impacting, compassionate, aware, loyal, protective, supportive, desire to understand and guide others to that place of being.

KINDNESS is the action taken when empathy is present. It is a genuine desire to take the level of concern and create a safe environment where the expression of all that compassion and protection can take place. Kindness acknowledges that people are struggling and looks for a way to comfort and create a cycle of action that aids and upholds, while leaving the recipient with self-esteem and respect.

FAMILY would be a part of my top seven, for without family, no world could exist. There would be no concept of a loving father or mother, a place where you can welcome others and bring them close simply because that is what you choose to do in bringing them into the world. Responsibility and the sharing of values, oral traditions of storytelling, and the giving of history and artifacts, makes Family a necessary piece of our evolution and trajectory of growth. We go forward, unsure but determined, to create a future for our children and a legacy for those whom we mourn.

ABUNDANCE is the measurement by which we can ascertain if we have enough to pay our bills or determine the satisfaction in our days. It concretizes the gift of food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and a way to measure all that we have been given. Even if there is loss, we have a sizeable way to acknowledge the scope of effect.

HUMOR gives us a way to share laughter even if only by seeing the same image without the words to express or translate. It is a smile that embraces the irony of our challenges yet strengthens us for more. We cannot agree on many issues; divisive topics like religion, politics, sex and money can drive ever increasing wedges between us. However, a laugh can ease the tension and break down the outer layer of anger, engaging us to see the lighter side of our complicated worlds.

FEAR is not something to be desired, but it exists without permission. It creeps up inside of us, or circles around us, finding its footing in the dark recesses of our mind. It triggers responses like empathy, and kindness, or the protective enclosure of a strong family. Without its contrast, we would not realize how valuable and critical the most basic parameters and definition of our language.

Lastly, PEACE, the most sought after state of accomplishment, satisfaction, reward, and relief in our minds, our hearts, our souls and our homes is vastly desired. It is a state so impermanent, that a word must be created to encompass the change in our breath, the indescribable apex of our emotion, and the security and respite of our grief. It is the state of unquestioning, acceptance, and agreeable. It is the homeostasis achieved when we incorporate Empathy, and its accompanying kindness, compassion, humor, encompassing family, and abundance to conquer our fear and name that which we sought to achieve all along in our brief allotment of words.

If you like this, or agree with some of these choices, I would love to know. I really appreciate your taking the time to read my post. Thanks to you, my blog reached 3,000 views today. It means more than you know.


  1. The seven words you chose reflect perfectly the depth and breadth of your character. I am honored you call me ‘friend’.

  2. B ~ I am so grateful for your comments, kindness, and friendship. Thank you so very much.

  3. Not only are you a good writer, you are a loving person!

    • I am so sorry for the delay to thank you for such kind words. It means more than you know.

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