Words from Dic(tionary)
Alight: (v) descend from the air and settle: e.g. a lovely blue swallow alighted on the branch
It’s really outdated. Matter of fact, if you used the term today it would have to be a comical retro reference to a former time.
I don’t know why we considered that word cool. I guess we thought it communicated that some concept was deep, containing a weight of wisdom.
It certainly would not go over in this day and age, where we think profundities are achieved by explaining on Facebook or in a Tweet how we plan to go to the grocery store to pick up a can of pimentos. (LOL)
And honestly, even in the era when “heavy” was considered to be contemporary, many of the ideas being passed along were purposely obtuse, in order to appear to be intellectual.
Here’s what I know: really great ideas and powerful words of encouragement and joyful exhortation … alight.
- They land on the soul effortlessly, with a bit of jubilation and simplicity.
- They encourage us to exhale as we appear to be holding our breath in anxiety.
- They suggest the possibility of a solution in what seems to be a terminally dismal cave.
- They cause us to giggle instead of sitting around envisioning scenarios of doom
Wisdom is brief, it is easy, it is non-burdensome and it is evidence that we are not alone.
Some people feel extraordinarily astute by complicating living situations, offering a climate of ferocious debate which establishes them as brilliant and insightful, but I have found that true spirituality, divine emotion, ordained intelligence and great movement is best when it alights in our being, weightless but worthy.
Heavy just makes us sag at the shoulders under the oppression.
We need a generation of intelligent people who can have the wisdom of the serpent … but alight as harmless as doves.