My helping spirits have given me a new discipline. They want me to start a “Word of the Day” blogging practice to help make (or keep) us aware of the power of words. I expect to give the dictionary definition and then muse about the word for a bit, what it means and perhaps what kind of power it holds for me.
Now, just because this is “Word of the Day,” don’t expect it every day. I will only be blogging on words that resonate or reach out to me on certain days. If a day or two goes by without a word, it’s not a big deal. The idea is awareness.
So, without further ado…
What does it mean to be expressive?
: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly
: showing or expressing something
: of or relating to expression
The following are just some random thoughts concerning the word “expressive.”
It seems a good thing to be, expressive, to show your emotions and feelings clearly and openly. One can be expressive in speech, or in facial features (expressions). To express is to emote, to speak or sing or cry or otherwise let others know what you feel at the moment. You can even be expressive with fine art or dance. Humans seem to have been born to be expressive.
But is it always a good thing? Expressiveness can also work against you, especially if you are expressive of your negative emotions and feelings, such as anger and jealousy. On the other hand, it’s honest, and we certainly could use a bit of honesty in our interactions. And expressing emotions, you will notice, does not mean acting out. It only means showing them. If we find a constructive way to be expressive of even what we may term “negative” feelings, and in an appropriate venue (that’s key!), then all is well.
I think if more of us were expressive at appropriate times and in appropriate ways, there would not be so many misunderstandings between people. I also think there would be a lot more empathy and compassion, as people open up (in a good way) about what is real for them emotionally.
Develop healthy ways to be expressive!