Coming across a new word is like making a new friend. Exciting to meet and you’re not sure where your relationship will go. Will we be lifelong buddies? Or, after looking up the definition, will we part ways never to meet again? Well, today I’ve made a new friend. I’m sure our friendship will grow – especially as I remember (key point here!) the definition and use the word in confabulating with others.
Today’s new friend is inveterate. Inveterate (in-vet-er-it) is an adjective that means settled in a habit or practice. Habitual. You can be an inveterate gambler. You can be an inveterate drinker. Or an inveterate complainer. Firmly established by long continuance. Inveterate could also refer to a chronic illness or disease.
On a positive note, you could be an inveterate learner – one who habitually seeks learning throughout his lifetime. One could be an inveterate positive thinker. Anything that is a habit or a regular practice – or even chronic — could be given the adjective inveterate. Inveterate will be a good friend to make. One to inveterately use!
Now, let me introduce you to an old friend. Sagacious. Sagacious (suh-gay-shus) is an adjective that means being wise and shrewd. Having keen acute mental discernment and keen practical, common sense . . . Do you know someone whom you would consider to be sagacious? Someone who can get right to the heart of the matter and not get caught up in tiny details that really don’t count? Of course ALL of my acquaintances will tell you just how sagacious I am!
Another friend that I made a while back is altruist. Altruist (al-troo-ist) is a noun that means a person who is unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others. One great person immediately comes to my mind. That is Mother Teresa. Such devotion to helping the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.
I saw a short video clip of how she gently washed the skeletal body of a deathly physically sick and mentally disabled boy. Even though he could not speak with his lips, he did with his eyes. And those eyes spoke of thanksgiving for the kindness and gentleness Mother Teresa had given him as she washed him.
Altruist. Unselfish concern and helping of others. That’s what life is all about. May inveterate altruism become an old friend to you in word – and in deed!