Master Your Velleity
I'd like to share one of my favorite words.
I have 65,000 thoughts banging round at any one time and now I know why a most of them don't get done.
Like, sometimes I think it would be nice to win the lottery. No, I'd love to win the lottery, but I seldom, if ever, buy a ticket.
I'm pretty sure you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket. I've never heard of that happening. Have you?
I'd love to write a symphony, but alas, I can't be bothered to learn the music or practice.
It's velleity pure and simple.
Velleity is a wish or an inclination that's not quite strong enough to lead to action.
There go my lottery winnings.
Put another way, velleity is the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency.
I like my mother's definition best though. My mother loved words. She loved colorful words. Colorful words for a colorful lady. She would say:
Velleity is wanting something so much you're not willing to get off your a$$ to get it.
I think the Romans may have made it up first. It's a Latin thing.
As for me, I first heard the word velleity in an Ogden Nash poem.
Let's hear what Ogden Nash has to say about the topic! Oh, glorious velleity!
Like Mr. Nash, the word gives me great satisfaction.
This week, I conquered my battle with velleity. I got out the pens, then the paper, and I drew this little drawing of my brother's family dog. Her name is Tally. She's a wonderful pup. The kind you could spend a lot of time around.
One must master their own velleity.
Until next week, I wish you peace.
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