What Is Your Favorite Word?

Yes, yes, I’m one of those people who loves words!

Each day I take a few minutes to read the Word of the Day on the Dictionary website. It is my equivalent to a regular non-word-worm’s—I even allow myself to invent words now—morning coffee; my day seems incomplete without it.

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My caffeine is… words!

Not funny. Please, go on.

I started this daily reading about 2-3 years ago. I remember I was working as a cashier at the liquor store, and I would spend the downtime in between customers reading the previous—weeks and weeks worth—Words of the Day. A few months after having started doing this, the liquor store computer system got revamped and employees were now only allowed to browse the website that was used to search for the products of the store.

I feel like I may have been one of the causes of this provincial-wide software change—I guess I am proud of some sorts if I was, I mean, provoking a provincial-wide change: check off the bucket list!

Moving on to my words.

Here a few of my favorites—that I can recall, because honestly, remembering complex words that I have never heard of before isn’t too easy—from the past years of reading:

1. My favorite is without a doubt apotheosis. It sounds like a godlike term, hence my love for it. I love every thing about it. Every. Single. Thing. Apotheosis is a noun that depicts the “ideal example”. Used in a sentence it looks like this: Apotheosis is the apotheosis of a great word.

Well aren’t you a clever Bee.

2. Another word I love is draconian. Draconian is an adjective that refers to something “unusually severe or cruel”. Here is an example: Deirdre’s draconian methods of ruling leave the citizens in a constant state of panic. I love this word because I find it sounds just as cruel as it’s meaning. Say it a few times out loud with a deep voice and see—first take a quick look around to make sure no one is watching you, for your societal sanity’s sake: Draconian, Draconian, Draconian. Does it not sound mean and dark?

3. The last one I will share with you today is scythe, which I assume will be more known than the latter. I love the flow of letters in the word scythe because I find they flow seamlessly—alright, I will admit, even I find myself a little bit of a word-weirdo here. I also love the pronunciation. I always thought it was pronounced “sahy-the” but it is pronounced “sahyth”. To properly understand the pronunciation go to this link and click on the microphone icon. Scythe is a noun and is the tool that death wields. This tool is more commonly used by mere mortal farmers when cutting grass or grain. In a sentence, it looks like this: Death was confused when he arrived to claim the farmer’s daughter’s life, because she too was wielding a scythe.

Witty example #2. I’m on fire today—and I’m as ninja-esque as cats so I am not getting burned (refer to this post to understand the inside joke).

Congrats Jonathan. Congrats.

What are some words that you love? I’m sure there must be at least a few words that you love because of their meaning, pronunciation, sentimental value, or for some other awesome reason.

Foot-note: wielding a scythe in front of a child is the apotheosis of draconian parenting.

What’s Your Morning Routine?

And so my day begins; I wake up, do my routine, and go on with my life, oblivious to the early morning mechanics. Only recently did I stop to ask myself questions such as:

  • How do others begin their days?
  • Has my morning routine changed over the years?

I’ll answer the latter; your job is the former.

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As a matter of fact, my routine had been the same since—as long as I can remember—high school. However, I changed my routine a few months ago. I’ll get to that in a bit.

I adhered strongly to the belief that I needed a shower to start my day. I was under the impression—as a consequence of self-indoctrination—that without one, I could not rise from the protective slumber of my oh-so-comfy blankets.

Such nescience.

I recently receive the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss as a gift from two generous friends—thank you. Briefly, Tools of Titans is a compilation of the habits and routines of successful individuals, and is split into three chapters:

  • Healthy.
  • Wealthy.
  • Wise.

I read the chapter about Tony Robins (p. 210) the night I received the book at 2:00 AM when I got home from one of the aforementioned friends’ house. I was instantly dismayed. It took all of 15 minutes to dismantle my belief system of the mental shackle of the “holy morning shower” I had created.

In the chapter, Tim Ferriss explains how Tony Robins immediately gets out of bed when he wakes up, and start his priming routine. His routine consists of:

  1. 30 to 60 second cold-water plunge (very different from my 15-20 minute warm shower wake-up call).
  2. Quick breathing exercise—or alternatively his “breath walking” exercise.
  3. 9-10 minutes—split into 3 sections of 3 minutes—of cueing and prompting enabling emotions for his day.

I implemented a similar routine 6 hours after reading the chapter. Since then, I no longer need to bathe under the once-believed “shower of awakening”. Now I am walking outside with my jacket and boots on—it is still somewhat winter in Montreal—two minutes after my alarm rings. I walk around the block for about 10 minutes, and have applied my own adapted priming routine.

What is your priming routine? Do you have a must to kickstart your day?

Although my self-indoctrination has been abolished, my love for a hot shower has not dwindled. As I finish writing this post, I am imagining how nice the imminent shower will feel.