Here’s to “H”—a meme!

Posted on December 11, 2008. Filed under: Games, Musings, Philosophy |

I took up the challenge of thebeadden, who’d had it from joanharvest. It is a meme, but it’s different in that it’s an “opt-in” meme. I didn’t have to name five other bloggers and risk their annoyance, or just post a generic “idon’twanttobotheryoubutifyou’dliketodoamemei’dreallylikethat!” No, this meme is for the brave and hardy soul, who is willing to tell me they WANT a letter! I know a couple of you will step up to the plate! Don’t leave this a “one-letter-blog”! thankyouforyourattention.

RULES: “You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

You can leave a comment and not be assigned a letter if you want.  Just let me know if you want a letter to keep this going.”

thebeadden assigned me the letter “H“! She assured me “H” is very special, and it is. Please bear with me as I etymologically explore some H-things I love:

1.  HOLIDAY –  Middle English holidai, holy day, from Old English hālig dæg : hālig, holy. The word is a combination of “holy” and “day”, but you knew that, didn’t you? One of the definitions is is “to suspend usual activities“. I think we all need to do that from time to time, in order to be appreciative, and re-charge our batteries. I try to remember the “holy” in “holiday” even when not in a spiritual context: from Middle English: preserved whole or intact.   This puts me in mind of a thought I like to cultivate: “Every day is a holy day” if we do take time each day to be in appreciation, to “suspend our usual activities.” The song Everything is Holy Now reflects some of my spiritual evolution. I heard the songwriter in concert, and was deeply moved.

2.  HAPPINESS –  “good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.”  —Does it get any better than that? 🙂 Middle English, from hap, luck.

3.  HIDDEN –  to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered; from the Greek, keúthein to conceal. But there is a deeper meaning, which explains its inclusion on this list: “To seek refuge.” We all need a place, whether physical, or within our own minds, hidden from others, where we feel safe and able to contemplate.

4.  HOLISTIC –  Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.  This term is so often used in relation to medicine, or health practices, but it applies to many things in life. from the Greek, holos “whole”

5.  HARK –  listen; used mostly in the imperative; Middle English harken, herken, from Old English heorcian, to hear. This time of year, it’s nearly impossible to hear or read the word “hark” without completing “…the herald angels sing…” But, in addition to the popular song, I can always use a reminder to listen, attentively “in the imperative”. It bodes well for understanding.

6.  HEAVENLY –  There are many definitions for the word “heaven”, but when I think of “heavenly” it is of the epitome of a thing. I don’t use the term lightly. If I describe a thing as “heavenly” it is the best of the best; it surrounds one with love; it cradles in comfort.   “Appropriate to heaven in character or happiness; perfect; pure; supremely blessed” Old English heofon “home of God, from Germanic gaham; to put on, clothe one’s self”

7.  HAIR –  I like my hair. I have a lot of it. I can hide behind it, or be enhanced by it. German haar “hair”), from ker(s)- “to bristle”

8.  HERE –  One of the most influential spiritual books, ever: Be Here Now, by Ram Dass. I’ve heard him speak many times (lucky me). He demonstrates through his life that “here” is the only place there is, and “now” the only time. Middle English, from Old English hēr; “in this place, where one puts himself”

9.  HAVING –  Having is the state of relationship with physical matter. It can also be used to describe conditions or emotions, such as “having a wonderful day”, but there is a temporal sense to it which speaks to me of interaction with this wonderful earth (and any other heavenly body I may yet roam).  Old English haban “to have”, from kap- “to grasp”

10.  HURRY –  I’m not sure why this one came up; I’m usually trying not to hurry. I used stream-of-consciousness thinking for this meme, though, and just wrote down the first ten “H” words that came to mind. But, when I looked up the source I found this, and sort of liked it: “1590, first recorded in Shakespeare, who used it often, perhaps a W.Midlands sense of M.E. hurren “to vibrate rapidly, buzz,” from P.Gmc. *khurza “to move with haste” (cf. M.H.G. hurren “to whir, move fast,” O.Swed. hurra “to whirl round”), which also perhaps is the root of hurl. The noun is 1600, from the verb.”from Online Etymology Dictionary

Well, there you have it. I must be in a reflective mood, because nearly everything I chose has a contemplative, meditative quality, and as a matter of fact, most of them are qualities rather than things. So be it! Peace to all. 🙂


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nicely done! i love many of your h words. 😀 i have long, thick, layered black hair that i like best at night or after i wake up in the morning, as i think it looks very fetching at these times of the day. 😆 i’ll all set for a different hairstyle though, soon.

Wow, what a great list Muse! 🙂

The one I found most profound is “Here”, the short statement: ““here” is the only place there is, and “now” the only time.” is so true. We usually worry too much about the past and the future, about home and work when we’re not there, instead of giving your all to the present moment and place.

Count me in this game 😀 , please assing me a letter. I dig it!

My revered etymologist, I am game, assign me a letter. 🙂

Oh BTW, I will search and purchase that “Be Here Now” book by Ram Dass for Xmas! Thank you for mentioning it 😉

Bravo Muse! that was deep and fun at the same time.

Hooray! How heavenly!

I’d like a letter too, please.

Beautiful words for H. Love the way you presented this with the actual definitions of each word. Good job, Muse.

Thank you! I like words, especially the nice ones! Will we get to see pictures of the new “do” sulz? (at least from the back) 😉

Tazzie, I think Be Here Now rewired my brain, or something. It started me on this long and eventful path of exploration. Thank you, and Yay, I’m thrilled you want to participate. When I think of you, the letter “E” comes to mind…so there you are!

Wow, I didn’t know I was revered, Poonam! w00t! Thank you. For some reason, the letter “R” arrives in my brain when I think of you. So, “R” it is!

I appreciate that, pochp. Let me know if you want a letter. I’d be interested to see what you’d write!

HeHe, Moonbeam! Well, with all the “M’s” surrounding you, “M” is the one! I’m excited you are taking this on. Can’t wait to read yours!

Thank you very much, Joan! I do like words, and I love to dig into their deeper meanings. I’m glad thebeadden participated in yours, and then I in hers. 🙂

I’m so glad you played, Muse! That song…love it!
“an even greater magic trick is that anything is here at all..” So true!

You have lots of hair? I never pictured you with (long?) hair. What color??? You don’t have to tell. Just so curious now… 😉

Of course I’d sure like to join.

Yippee, pochp! I think I will give you…”N”


A typical Muse post 🙂 I have been assigned a letter by the BeadDen..will be my next post! 🙂

Nice and different this game..I like the happiness one…Happiness within and then the rest follow…

Won’t mind a letter…

Happiness to u, Muse!

The letter that comes to my mind is ”L”

Ooh, good words. Etymology is so interesting, isn’t it?

I’m glad I played, too, BD. I found it quite insightful. Isn’t the song awesome? My reaction when I first heard it was …”WOW”. It’s amazing how often people or places we’ve read about, but never actually seen, turn out to be very different than we imagine. And, no, I’m not telling. 🙂 At least, not on the blog! 😉

And wonderful “N” words they were, pochp. {@readers go here to read pochp’s answers. User name doesn’t link up correctly, at least on my blog} 😕

I hope that’s a good thing, Apar! {typical Muse} Well, since you used this smiley: 🙂 and not this one: 😮 I’ll assume it is! 😀 I saw that you got a letter from thebeadden. I’m looking forward to reading yours.

I agree, CV, happiness within reflects happiness without! 🙂 This game is a bit different, isn’t it? Well I’m supposed to choose your letter…but I do trust your intuition…plus you tend to write your own rules for life (which is a wonderful thing), and, “L” for you does seem most appropriate. I’m glad you want to do this, my même friend! 😀

Well then you better e-mail me…. 🙂

Interesting post Muse 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog. I have your blog on my blogroll now, appreciate likewise 🙂

I can’t wait to blog this meme, there is one overdue from Sulz 😉 hehehe…

Thanks, B0bby! Well, I certainly think so, although there are those who think it’s a bit nerdy. 😉 But I don’t mind, we amateur etymologists shall prevail! 😀

Well, if I better, I shall, BD…pretty soon! 😉

Thank you very much, Kiran, I’m so pleased you dropped by! And thanks for rolling me! I’m revising my blogroll in the next couple of days & you shall appear there! I’m looking forward to reading your meme. 🙂

Ha! You don’t have to to do anything. Not that you would… 😉
I have had my curiosity peaked is all…and couldn’t not ask. That doesn’t mean I’m entitled to an answer. But….hehehehe

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