Beautiful New Words to Describe Obscure Emotions

John Koenig says, "In Greek, there's a word, 'lachesism' which is the hunger for disaster. You know, when you see a thunderstorm on the horizon and you just find yourself rooting for the storm. In Mandarin, they have a word 'yù yī' ... which means the longing to feel intensely again the way you did when you were a kid. In Polish, they have a word 'jouska' which is the kind of hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. And finally, in German, of course in German, they have a word called 'zielschmerz' which is the dread of getting what you want." In this TED Talk, Koenig, the author of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, describes the power of words to shape our emotions and shape us. 

 

For reflection alone or together:

What words bring order and meaning to your experience of caring for those living with or affected by serious illness? 

What words would you use to decribe the meaning of your work at this time in your life? 

Next week: Ikigai