I’ve always loved that word: Mettle.
It means this: A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.
I don’t think we use it enough. We toss around words like amazing, phenomenal, awesome to describe anything from a scientist or physician’s ability to discover life-changing/saving discoveries and medicines to a reality show star’s conversation or hairstyle. Their meanings have become as mundane and average as the latest YouTube sensation — here today, gone tomorrow, until the next one comes along. But for a moment, they’re all AMAZING, PHENOMENAL, AWESOME, PERFECT with plenty of omg’s and lol’s and lmao’s surrounding them. Sigh.
As a lover and writer of words, I try to use those adjectives sparingly. I want someone or something to earn their meaning. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Words have weight. They matter. And…
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