Connotation: (n) an idea a word invokes in addition to its primary meaning.
Love makes me think about kissing.
Maybe a little bit about the love of God. Both are rather pleasant.
Politics connotes younger folks arguing about subjects they just read about, pretending they’re experts. Unpleasant.
Religion conjures organ music in a dismal atmosphere. Recently it’s added the connotation of beheadings.
Prayer makes me sleepy.
Maybe that’s because I do most of my praying right before I go to sleep, or it’s just a great sleep-inducer.
Money brings a smile.
It’s not because I love money–it’s just that having it relieves one carnal infraction against our living. It also opens the door to being generous.
Family is a fairly decent word. But candidly, most of the grimaces and growls that may come our way are attached to those who share some of the D in our NA.
Life is not a series of definitions. It is an accumulation of feelings, which means we have the chance to take shitty words and crappy experiences, and reshape them by offering more enlightened endeavors.
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