Beautiful Words – Ataraxia


This week’s edition of Beautiful Words features something I think we’re all trying to achieve. In an effort to expand my vocabulary, I try to introduce you to meaningful and useful words which can be applied to our own lives.

Stress is all around us. We choose whether or not to feed it, but it’s always there. Some days it gets the best of us. Some days it doesn’t.

I chose the word¬†ataraxia¬†this week because I’m aware of the stress that surrounds me daily. But, I’m trying to rise above it and show it who’s boss. I mean, really, it’s up to me.

Ataraxia is a noun. It means: a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.

Whether I’m writing, editing, proofreading, or fulfilling my duties as a mom, I’m confronted by deadlines, rules, and teenagers, among other stressors. But I’m trying to stay focused on my goals. Keeping my eyes on the prize, as they say.

I’m not the kind to sip green tea while soaking in a bubble bath and listening to sitar music. But if that’s how you find your tranquility, I’m not here to judge. For me, this is about prioritizing, being mindful of what I can and cannot do, and doing my best each day.

Ataraxia may not be my full-time state of mind. But it’s always the goal.

What are some of your favorite words?