DAILY POST WORD PROMPT
Daily Post Word Prompt: WINSOME
MEANING: Charming, captivating, attractive, personable, lovable
A real old-fashioned word.
One that you don’t hear nowadays. One that you don’t usually even come across in modern narratives or other contemporary creative written works.
I’d heard of it of course. Had come across the word in my reading, many years ago (seems like centuries!). I have no idea where, or in what story.
Perhaps it was Emily Bronte. It sounds like the kind of word she would use. If it was her, I am sure she was not describing Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights– oh no! Of that, I’m positive.
So, I looked up the word just to be sure of its precise meaning, even though I had a vague recollection of its definition. I checked my Chambers 21 Century and the Oxford illustrated dictionaries, plus Rogets Thesaurus. From these resources I got: charming, captivating, attractive, personable, lovable.
Everything I’d like to be. Everything I’d like others to think of when they think about me. But it’s unlikely. If I was honest, could I say it of myself truthfully (hand-on-heart truthfully)?
For people to make that assessment of me, I believe it would have to be something that applies to me most of the time. I can be charming. Some may even describe me as attractive. Lovable? Perhaps – but not always! Captivating? Erm – I don’t think so!
What would it be like to meet such a person, to live with such a person, who could truthfully fit that description?
On one hand it could be lovely. Perhaps you’d be attracted to them much as a moth is attracted to a flame or incandescent light bulb, but would you survive? Would you be happy?
You might be captivated by the stories they tell, the experiences they’ve had etc., but would you feel dull next to them?
Would you feel you had never lived?
Would you examine the unexciting ordinariness of your present existence and begin to feel discontented?
Would you be forever competing for their attention as other men, women and children flock around them, absorbed by the words of their mouth, wanting to bask within the sunshine of their attention?
Would it become tiring, even annoying?
Well, over to you dear reader. What do you think? What do you say? Would you describe yourself as winsome?
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author, Blogger and Purpose-driven Achiever
My favourite post on this prompt is: https://shameport.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/were-sad-because/
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4 thoughts on “Win Some – Lose Some!”
Hi Aunty C,
I really hope I am replying to the Win some – Lose some! Blog.
I think that the way people perceive us is very different to how we see ourselves and our personality traits very much depend on situational factors. I’ll never forget an image I came across several years ago, when I was searching the internet for an image to add to a PowerPoint presentation I was preparing for a University assignment. It’s quite a well known image. You may have discovered it yourself. An image of a Kitten looking into a Cheval mirror and its reflection staring back was that of a Lion. The whole point to this image, was that the Kitten identified himself as another animal with personality traits – confidence, self assurance, strong, a fighter, fearless, a protector etc. That image really struck a chord with me and often brings a smile to my face. However, I think when we’re in company, different traits probably are more visible than others. For example, spending times with friends, family members that make us a feel good, certain traits associated with the Word Winsome, may surface more to the forefront.
Great post Aunty by the way! I love Wuthering Heights!
Have a great Sunday. Sheri
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Thanks for reading and for your enthusiastic response. Yes you are replying to the correct post. I am familiar with the kitten/lion image and also like what it portrays. Certainly we can behave differently according to who we are with. In this post I was referring to the person who can be consistently referred to as winsome, rather than somebody who displays winsome ways now and again.
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Hi Aunty C, I forgot to mention, I love the images of the gorgeous Black women you used for your Winsome! Lose-some Blog! Keep writing and inspiring. xx
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Thank you Sheri. I must say I was really pleased with this image.
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