Greek. meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. npr.org
Funny thing. It wasn’t until I added my featured photo that I realized I’d inadvertently picked up a small (but very important) difference in the two definitions of the word meraki. Can you see what it is? Look at the featured photo and then at the definition above.
I’ll give you a moment.
*Insert Jeopardy music here*
Did you figure it out?
ANSWER: One says adjective and the other says verb. One describes the act, the other IS the act.
(Maybe it’s like “Read” which can mean to (present tense) read and also to have (past tense) read?)
I always want THE RESULT of my work here to be (adjective) meraki but what if I didn’t in the moment (verb) meraki? And believe me, that happens all-too often, though at the time it’s happening, I don’t realize it. <<< That’s a big thought there!
Know what I mean?
I’m guessing the realization will resonate with you, too. We are, after all, so very busy. (Even during a pandemic!)
How many times have we adjective-d something for someone else (or many someones) and were disappointed because it didn’t go as we had hoped or planned? Maybe it’s because we weren’t- at least, sometimes – verb-ing it?
Maybe this stood out because I’m reading a brand new and very POWERFUL self-help book that I will be sharing soon. The author is loud, flamboyant and in-your-face passionate about living your truth out loud. He’s is LIVING meraki through every cell of his body. No, it’s not mentioned in the book. I have no idea if he even knows what it is!
I don’t want to talk too much about the author or the book because I want the experience to stand on its own merits when I write about it. I just think it’s SUPER NEAT how so many facets of life interweave with others when you’re paying attention.
So, I’m reading the book and then move over to my office to work on a blog post I had planned. I also look at Pinteest for inspiration to create a daily saying on my Instagram. I see the word meraki. It stops me in my tracks. I’m instantly in love and know I will write about it instead of what I’d already planned.
And here I be.
Meraki reminds me of one of my other fave words: Legacy… not that it should. Why? Because I have lapsed again into the adjective, the describer.
A legacy only happens after the fact. A body of work that has already occurred.
Is it the same for Meraki?
Either way, I need to pull myself back into the verb…
Living each moment with soul, creativity and love – in the here and now – meraki.
And so, I went downstairs and made myself a smoothie and am enjoying it right now as I feel it pass my tongue and make its way through my body. Yum! As I added ingredients to my blender, I thought about how each would taste in my mouth and tried very hard to stay in the moment. It isn’t easy!
Then I came upstairs to have a long-overdue video conversation with a dear friend. I enjoyed my smoothie as we chatted and did my best not to notice anything else going on around me… like, for example… the landlord coming to plow the snow outside. Man, we got a whack of snow overnight and into this morning! Still more to come, too! But I digress.
So, what I’m trying to say is that meraki – the verb – is living with soul, creativity and love in the now. Meraki – the adjective – is the panoramic view of soul, creativity and love. It can happen during or after it’s over. Both are important.
Ah well. I’ve probably mucked it all up. Ha! Navel-gazing at its finest.
Still, I love learning new words. Don’t you?