Word of the Week: Resplendent

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  1. Shining brilliantly; gleaming; splended
Tree RootsRoot: From the Latin word resplendere (re+splendere).   In Greek this means “to glitter or shine”.

resplendent birdDid you know:

There is a bird in South America named the Resplendent Quetzal. It was given this name because they’re are considered one of the world’s most beautiful birds, largely due to the long train of tail-feathers grown by the males during mating season. The Resplendent Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala.

How to be Resplendent

Everyone wants to be the diamond in the rough. But, how do you shine in a world determined to keep you covered? How do you get noticed by the boss or the teacher or the man/woman in your life? One of the ways is by Loving yourself and following your passion. As RuPaul once said, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Yes, the grammar here does make me cringe a little, but the sentiment is pure.

Here are 4 tips to help you to be your most resplendent self.

  • Dress for success. This does not mean that you have to be fancy every day, but how you look often reflects how you feel. Thus if you make an effort to be well groomed and polished the results will show in your life. Remember, communication begins before you ever open your mouth.
  • Mind your P’s and Q’s. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a proponent of slang. There are so many wonderful words to illustrate your thoughts. Word choice matters. Grammar matters. Every opportunity to communicate is a chance to impress and make a difference.
  • Actions speak louder than words. This seems at odds with the primary message of this blog, I know. However, speaking one way and acting another is called duplicity (don’t worry, we’ll cover this word in a future WOTW). In the world of communication: Duplicity=bad. Resplendent=Wonderful.
  • You are what you think you are. Cogito ergo sum. I think, therefore I am. Earlier we covered the word Paradigm. If you remember this was the lens through which you view the world. It is through this lens, though, that you also view yourself. Your inner dialogue shapes your outer dialogue. What words do you use to describe yourself? Is one of them “resplendent”?

    cogito ergo sum


This week, your word is Resplendent

Let’s see it in a couple of sentences

  • The bride walking down the isle looked resplendent.
  • Although she was simply dressed the nun’s resplendent personality was evident.

 Go forth, friends. Words are powerful. Use them well.

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