Dictonary.com sends me a word each day. Today’s word was unputdownable. Really, I thought, that’s actually a word? The definition explained that a person could say that a book was “unputdownable”. To which I thought, most readers have a better vocabulary. An alternate definition is a person who does not feel insults or can’t be put-down. Okay, I can get my mind around that word. Although, it would definitely not describe me.
As a sensitive human being, and most of us are, I am vulnerable to insults and criticism. If I was impervious to such remarks I would likely not be open to praise, love, or compassion either. A heart that is open is by nature vulnerable.
So, when we feel the sting of another person’s words or actions consider it a good thing. Our hearts are alive. We care. This little reminder can help you recover more quickly, take it less personally, and gain some objectivity. Chances are the insults can be attributed to the person’s bad mood or poor communication style. After all, if they were better communicators, we would likely be thanking them for their constructive feedback.
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I’m with you — “unputdownable” is not a word I’d want to use. Reminds me of one of those German words composed of several nouns smashed together into a single word — the Volkswagen tagline, “Fahrvergnügen.” And while I would more likely say, “I’m not the type of person you can put down with insults” — I certainly like the sentiment.
Could not agree more. I love words and they way they sound. This one is too much of a mouth full for me.
Thanks for the comment!