Vocablet of the Day: Humility

Pope Francis was elected in March of 2013, and it didn’t take long for people to realize that there was something different about him.

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Pope Francis has gone a different way from previous popes, choosing to live more simply and with the quality or state of being humble.

Pope Francis' chair, on the right, shows his humility even in his new station.

In the past, popes have lived a life of luxury that comes with the highest position in the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis, demonstrating his humility, has chosen instead to keep his clothes simple and to live in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the large papal apartment.

Do you think Pope Francis’ humility makes a statement?  What kind?

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Vocablet of the Day: Inevitable

How far would you go to face your fears?  Would you climb into a coffin?

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Even though death is incapable of being avoided or prevented, most of us would prefer not to think about it.  Some, however, take the opposite approach.

In psychological terms, it’s called immersion therapy: throw yourself into whatever scares you.  If you’re afraid of spiders, let three of them crawl over your hands.  If you’re afraid of flying, book a ticket across the Atlantic.  And if you fear the inevitable approach of death, climb into a coffin.

Does the idea of getting into a coffin freak you out?  Or do you think it might make you feel more comfortable with the fact that your own death is inevitable?

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Vocablet of the Day: Fleeting

When you see a tree in bloom, what do you think about?  Springtime?  Warm weather?  Or the brief and ephemeral nature of life?

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Youth, beauty, springtime, even life itself — all of them lasting for a very short time in the grand scheme of the world.

Cherry blossoms are celebrated around the world for their incredible beauty during the brief period in spring when they bloom into gorgeous pink flowers.  In Japan, the fact that the blossoms appear for such a fleeting amount of time adds to their beauty and meaning, reminding us that nothing in life is permanent.

Have you ever seen a group of cherry trees in bloom?  What does the fleeting nature of beauty mean to you?

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Vocablet of the Day: Anomalous

For over sixty years, this triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed hundreds of ships in ways that cannot be explained… or has it?

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Ships can sink and airplanes can go missing at any time, but there’s one place on Earth that draws a suspicious number of disappearances that are strange and difficult to identify or classify: The Bermuda Triangle

The area of the Bermuda Triangle are not exactly defined, but it is generally said to exist between the tip of Florida, the Bermuda Islands, and Puerto Rico.  Most official organizations do not recognize the area, and some people say that many of the stories of anomalous disappearances and occurrences in the area are untrue.

Knowing the stories of the Bermuda Triangle, would you travel within it?  Or would you keep on the safe side, staying away from the whole region and its stories of anomalous, and fatal, incidences?

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Vocablet of the Day: Estranged

Making amends with family members is never easy, but when you’re a celebrity, constant attention from the media makes it that much harder.

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Relationships between family members can become strained for many reasons, sometimes to the point where you can’t even speak to each other and are no longer together with your loved one.

Lindsay Lohan, famously troubled actress, was estranged from her father for many years due to problems in their relationship.  When they tried to work things out, a media frenzy made the reconciliation overly public.

Are you estranged from any of your family members?  What kind of situation could cause you to become estranged from your parents or siblings?

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Vocablet of the Day: Frugal

It may be hard to believe, but even successful sports figures can have money problems.  The question is, how do they handle their new lifestyle?

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Facing a very real lack of money, Mike Tyson and his family have had to switch from their usual lavish living to a lifestyle characterized by avoiding waste and using money carefully.

Looking for sales when shopping is one way to be frugal.

The once-rich former boxer is now broke, relying on a more frugal way of living in order to get by.  Surprisingly, Tyson doesn’t miss the money and is happy living his new, frugal life with his wife and children.

Cooking meals at home instead of eating out is one way of saving money.  What other frugal tips do you know of?

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Vocablet of the Day: Confide in

When you need someone to talk to, you might turn to your best friend.  Who cares if that friend isn’t human?

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Animal friends are always supportive and never judgmental, making them the perfect listeners to tell about a private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others.

Pet owners know that a loving animal companion can make hard times easier to bear.  As an added benefit, when you confide in a friendly dog, you know your secrets will never be revealed!

It may seem silly to confide in an animal who doesn’t understand your words, but those who work with therapy dogs know that talking through problems is helpful, even if the “person” you’re talking to can’t talk back.  Do you confide in your pets?

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Vocablet of the Day: Herald

The Earth is always moving, always changing, and people look to the cycle of the seasons to know what’s coming next.

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The leaves change color and fall off the trees to herald the coming of colder days.

Not every place in the world has distinct seasons.  But for those that do, people look out for the characteristic changes, like shorter days or colder temperatures, that signal the coming of the next season.

It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a sign that winter is coming.  Next year, many will eagerly await the flowers and new growth that herald the beginning of spring.

Even without seasons, there are signals that herald the next stage of the year, like holidays or changing patterns of stars in the sky.  What kinds of signs herald changes where you live?

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Vocablet of the Day: Aversion

There are a lot of strange and delicious foods out there, and one food truck is encouraging people to take their appetites to a place they’ve never been.

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Would you eat a bug?  If you’re from a Western culture, you probably have a feeling of intense dislike even thinking about it.

But one food truck is challenging this deep-seated aversion with delicious snacks made out of, yes, bugs.  Maybe this will make people question why they have an aversion to eating bugs when they can be a tasty and healthy food.

Do you think you’d eat a buggy snack?  What other foods do you have an aversion toward?

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Vocablet of the Day: Debacle

There’s nothing worse than watching referees make bad calls when your favorite team is playing.  Unfortunately for NFL fans, that’s been happening far too often lately.

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Bad calls from temporary officials have led to frustration from players, coaches, and fans alike — turning every NFL game into a complete collapse or failure.

The NFL officials are on strike, which means there are substitutes taking their place.  The subs clearly don’t know what they’re doing, making bad calls and causing collective groans from football fans across the United States every Sunday.  When will the debacle end?

Remember the debacle when the player from Real Madrid dropped the Copa del Rey trophy in front of the team’s bus?  What other sports debacles can you remember?

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