(I participate with a group of writers in a weekly “Five Minute Friday” writing exercise. In response to a word prompt, each writer sits down for five minutes for “no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” This is also described as a sort of writing flash mob and a great form of “free therapy” )
Five Minute Friday: Mighty
“Mighty” is a mighty tough word for me to write about.
I think that’s because this word calls forth two very opposite images in my mind.
On the one hand, “mighty” can evoke images of natural wonder – Niagara Falls, a booming thunderstorm, the ocean.
On the other hand, “mighty” makes me think of “high and mighty” – someone placing too much emphasis on their own power, position or authority.
This second form of “mighty” makes me feel a sense of “meh” and resentment, while the first feels me with awe and wonder.
The trick, I guess, is to maintain a healthy sense of awe at the mightiness of natural wonder, and allow it to give you a healthy perspective on things…so you don’t end up feeling or acting so “high and mighty” yourself.