Everything is gad

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same    —Rudyard Kipling

If you have read the book Room by Emma Donoghue, you will be familiar with the phrase “word sandwiches.” In this book, the mother of a five-year-old boy must keep him entertained under very trying circumstances. To keep their brains sharp, they create word sandwiches by melding two words together to create a new word with a meaning that envelopes both concepts.  My favourite in the book is “scave,” which means to be brave even when very scared. The young mother encourages her son to be scave when she sends him out to undertake a terrifying task.

I started to create a few of my own word sandwiches.

For example, gad—good and bad all at the same time. Over the past year my conversations  followed a pattern like this:

“Did you know that ____________ happened?”

“Wow! That’s great!”

“Yes, it is. It really is. But because of that ____________.”

“Oh, that’s too bad.”

OR

“Did you know that _____________ happened?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. That’s really too bad.”

“Yes, it is. It really is. But because of that _____________.”

“Well, that’s good, anyway.”

Over and over events in my life showed a flip side. Everything was gad.

In fact, clinging to the positives helped me to get through some powerful negatives. It seemed that no matter how bleak circumstances became, I was able to find some light to brighten the dark corners.

When wonderful things happened, I tried to realistically address the downsides, too. My fortune is sometimes the misfortune of others.

If we can, as Kipling urges in his poem If, meet Triumph and Disaster and recognize them as imposters, the circumstances won’t change, but we might find it easier to muddle our way through.

Advertisements

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on July 8, 2011, in Inspiration, quote, reading and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Yellingrosa's Weblog

Poetry, Visual Arts, Music and IT Tech

wordsthatserve

Breathe, read...smile

simplisticInsights

Simple made easy! psychology love feeling emotion thought behaviour success strategy

Diary Of A Growing Black Man

Personal website sharing life experiences and vision

Jay Colby

Life, Inspiration & Motivation

Health Sources

Health , Beauty and Food

A Little Blog of Books

Book reviews and other literary-related musings

Reverend Erin

Thoughts on Ministry from a First-Time Minister

Mill Street Books

Almonte's bookstore carries books, music, family games, gifts and more.

Becoming...

"Every day is a great day to make a joyful noise!"

simple Ula

I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?

Bliss B4 Laundry

Inspirational Events for Mind, Body & Soul + Ontario's Best Wellness Weekends for Women

SarveshG

Spread love before hate conquers.

Kone, Krusos, Kronos

A personal forum to express ideas, experiences, stories, etc.

deepakdheer

Just another WordPress.com site

matter of life and death

- perceptions from a widow's perspective

%d bloggers like this: