meraki

Darling enthusiastically believes that every intellectual should have an impressive working vocabulary. Knowing the right words not only sharpens our communication skills and opens our minds to help us express ourselves better, but also will benefit our professional and personal lives. Each week we will provide you with a new weekly word to learn. Along with the definition, common usage, and further explanation (if needed), you will be privy to a behind-the-scenes look at how we choose the word each week! To quote Mark Twain: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

Word every Darling should know: Meraki

Why this word?
My dear friend, Athena, was visiting the other day and I was preparing a meal for us. When we finished eating, she told me that in Greek, there is a word for the way I do things for those I love. That word is meraki. This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work.

When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it. Your essence is forever connected to whatever it is you have done. This is often referred to as our passion. But, I’m not referring to how much of ourselves we put into our careers. I’m referring to what we do when we want to share ourselves with those we love. For example: preparing a meal, throwing a celebratory party, gathering with family for the holidays, purchasing the perfect gift for your best friend, or making a home with your significant other.

We put time, thought, and energy into preparing for these occasions. We leave a piece of ourselves behind. That moment shared is the moment when the beneficiary of your gift (whatever gift that may be) will forever feel your presence.

Definition: may·rah·kee (pronounced: may-rah-kee); Greek; adjective
1. To do something with soul, creativity, or love.
2. To put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing.

Further Explanation:
1. Often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal, but can also refer to arranging a room, choosing decorations, or setting an elegant table.
2. There is no English equivalent for this word. Meraki is, unsurprisingly, untranslatable.

 

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