Saturday, January 19, 2013

In Praise of Being Whelmed

Over the holidays, my daughter and I had a conversation during which we agreed that one key to living well is to be whelmed far more often than either overwhelmed or underwhelmed by events and circumstances.

Based on the frequency with which the modified forms of word are used (compared to the unmodified form), people are too often overwhelmed or underwhelmed by life's experiences. We want to promote, as a virtue, a purer form of being whelmed - allowing ourselves to be swept up in (or engulfed by) life's precious moments, but only in moderation. That is what it means to be whelmed.

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