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Insighting

I may be going to introduce you to a word today, Insighting…

I cannot say anymore that this is a new word, in fact this coming February 20, 2011 marks at least 49 years that I have been using the word insighting!

February 20, 1962 is a day many people remember in history.  Most people remember it as the day John Glenn became the first American to Orbit the Earth!  I remember that too.

It is insighting!

I also remember that I was studying English and learning about “action words”, ugh, “verbs!”  Word like running, jumping, and dancing – “the ‘ing’ action words” my teacher told me about at Madison Elementary School in Torrance, California.

February 20, 1962 was my 8th birthday and you can just imagine how excited I was on my birthday watching history. I remember it well, and I said, “It is insighting!”

That was the very first use of the word insighting I can remember!  Some thought I meant exciting, others wondered if I used the word inciting incorrectly.

in·sight

n.

1. The capacity to discern the true nature of a situation; penetration.

2. The act or outcome of grasping the inward or hidden nature of things or of perceiving in an intuitive manner.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. All rights reserved.

I needed a word to describing the actions we do to gain insight.  After all, John Glenn was gaining a lot of insight simply by what he was doing – Orbiting the Earth.  I would venture to say that anyone who Orbits the Earth in our day would gain a great many insights.  I assume that is why the rich are willing to pay $20 million to do it!

So I made the noun insight into a verb insighting and used it on my birthday to describe the actions we do that results in our gaining insight!

in·sight·ing

verb.

1. The action taken to gain insight.

2. The things we do to get insight.

Today I realize that one of the things I do that is insighting is text messages.  People send me text messages that are insighting!

Category = Insighting!

So today, Friday October 29, 2010, I have decided to add and launch an Insighting Category as a subcategory to Inspirationally.  In the Insighting Category I will post text I receive that generate a spark of insight in my thought process.

I hope you will enjoy this new insighting! feature!

Insightingly Yours,

Lan

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