Years ago, I subscribed to Wordsmith.org and it’s hard to articulate the joy it has brought me.
Despite having a strong grasp on vocabulary, I am continuously intrigued and informed by what they serve up.
This past month, my attention was particularly caught by 2 words that were new to me:
Presenteeism and Forgettery.
As you might imagine, presenteeism is the opposite of absenteeism, it’s the practice of being present when it’s unnecessary or counterproductive.
Forgettery is the opposite of memory: it’ the capacity to forget easily.
Why was I so struck by these?
Because, for me, they offer a beautiful way to say goodbye to summer.
Well, this time of year, there is a tendency to squeeze the most out of every day—to run from barbeque to picnic, pool party to hoedown.
But maybe it’s a good time to be absent: to lie in a hammock, turn off your phone, read a book.
To practice less presenteeism.
Similarly, now might be a good time to forget the things that enervated you over the summer months: to abandon the slights, say goodbye to the grudges, release the disappointments.
Because forgetting the hurts inflicted by others—as well as, at least in my case, those that were self-inflicted—will free me, and hopefully you, to enter the fall season in style.
For more on the value of doing a little less, look at “Try, Try Less… Abandon all Effort”