I was reading some colleagues works and found out that AC author Tracie Walker was facilitating a word game. I read Tracie’s wonderful article to view the details of the word game; to quote Tracie, “Words have different meanings and connotations to different people. Here are five words I was given at random and what they mean to me. Want to play along”? I contacted Tracie and she graciously sent me five words.
Improvise– in an artistic way to compose, play or sing in a spontaneous fashion. Many years ago I went to see the play “Two by Two” starring Danny Kaye; in the theatre next door the play “No No Nanette” was performing. “Two by Two” was a comedy based on the story of Noah’s Ark; Danny Kaye had a broken leg and was performing in a cast and on crutches. There is a scene where Kaye (Noah) chases one of his sons; Kaye couldn’t run because of the broken leg. Kaye hops along waving his crutch at the actor playing his son; the actor he was chasing pasts his mark and runs off stage. Kaye stops mid stage, shakes his head and starts laughing; Kaye then shouts to the now off stage actor, “If you go any further you will be starring in No No Nanette.”
In every day life improvising is being creative and making the best of things with the resources available.
Compelling – is forceful and an issue that demands immediate attention; compelling implies a priority and a sense of urgency. Often in dealing with a compelling challenge one must improvise to achieve the optimal solution.
Harvest – in the traditional sense harvest means to reap a crop or a gain. I often joke when my tomatoes come in that it is harvest time and I have to work the fields; I have a relatively small vegetable garden.
Harvest also reminds me of the Biblical connotation that we will reap as we sow. If we seed got thoughts and do good deeds we will reap the rewards.
Thunder – I always think of thunder in the literal meaning; a big boom heard shortly after a flash of lightning. Thunder brings fond memories of a physics lecture long ago when a teacher was explaining why we see lightning first and hear the thunder a few seconds later. The speed of light is much faster than the speed of sound hence you will see the flash of lightning before you hear the thunder.
I must admit that in a thunder and lightning storm there is no compelling reason to go out in the garden and harvest crops.
Saunter – to stroll or walk about in a leisurely manner. I love to saunter around parts of my hometown New York City. I have also enjoyed sauntering around London, Paris and Rome. Sauntering implies no real agenda of site seeing; I find it relaxing to simply enjoying what I come across.
I some times think of sauntering when skiing. There are runs on difficult terrain when I am focused exclusively on skiing; runs with a step pitch, tight turns or moguls would be examples. I would refer to these runs as “going for a hoot”. Then there are times I like to take it slow and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. When I make a decision to saunter down a mountain, I generally pick a long intermediate run; the goal is to go relatively slow, make frequent stops and enjoy the view.
When going on a hoot I am like rolling thunder, I feel compelled to stay focused and at times have to improvise with quickly changing conditions.
When I saunter down a mountain I like a leisurely run and make frequent stops to harvest nature’s beauty.
I would like to thank Tracie Walker for sponsoring the Word Game. A link to Tracie’s works is provided below.