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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gratitude - Letter "V"

This post is part of the 2012 A-Z challenge, created by the intrepid Arlee Bird at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/


I love the word vivacious, don't you? Doesn't it conjure someone who is outgoing and fun, and energetic and charismatic, but not overly so. Too much of these things can become obnoxious, someone who is trying to garner all the attention. But one who is vivacious is just naturally so. Their inner spirit of joy just shines through.

Do you know any vivacious people? I have a few in my life and just adore them.


Angeline Trevena said...

I actually wouldn't be surprised if people called me vivacious (although I'll fully admit that I can tip over into the annoying side of it at times!)

Amanda Trought said...

Love the word, I know a few and they impart in you a 'can do' attidude, like little tonics, blessings Amanda

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been accused of vivacious energy before!

Karen Walker said...

Angeline, wish it was a photo, not a cartoon altho' the cartoon is adorable.
Amanda, yes they do.
Diane, yup I'd definitely consider you vivacious.

Joanne said...

I've crossed path with a few vivacious people, and what I find is that their energy has a wonderful way of staying with me in such an inspiring way.

Damyanti said...

I admire vivacious people, but can never aspire to be vivacious myself :)

Karen Walker said...

Joanne, yes,it kind of hits everyone around them.
Damyanti, I don't think it's something we aspire to--it just is in some people. I'm sure you are wonderful just the way you are.

Tracy Makara said...

I love that word as well as people with it as a quality. I agree with you that it is either something we have naturally or we just do not. Not sure which people would refer to me as...vivacious or annoying...maybe a little of both? :)

Tamara Narayan said...

Vivacious makes me think of Viviene in Rebecca Well's popular Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Karen Walker said...

Tracy, me, too
Tamara, yes, that character was definitely vivacious and a few other things as well.

Tracy Jo said...

Love that word too! I shot a wedding last Fall of a friend of mine that is naturally vivacious. It was the most fun photo shoot ever!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love that word and love seeing people who can be described by it!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Yes. They are usually the life of the party.

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Francene Stanley said...

Vivacious people infect others with happiness. I think their auras are yellow. I don't see them myself, but one of my characters does. Funny--if you remove 'va' you get the opposite: vicious.
Now, I've found my way to return the call.


DL Hammons said...

Such a good word! I know a few people who could fall into that category, and they can be exhausting sometimes! :)

Laura Marcella said...

Hello, Karen! There are many vivacious people in my life. They enrich my life and I'm blessed to know them!

Have a lovely week and happy A to Z!!

Heather M. Gardner said...

I do know some vivacious people. I try to live vicariously through them!

Paula Martin said...

Someone once called me vivacious, which quite surprised me, as I'd never thought it applied to me!

anthony stemke said...

My wife is vivacious for sure and that is a good thing yeah.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife. Definitely not me today.

Donna Sexton said...

Vivacious is a great word. It's even fun to say.

Arlee Bird said...

I have known a few people that I would term vivacious. It's a good word.

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DJ said...

Hi, this line beautiful defines the lovely word and the adorable people defined by it - 'inner spirit of joy just shines through' :)

I am lucky to be in company of a few such friends.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Yes, I love vivacious people too. I have three wonderful cousins like that, and a few lovable friends. They always make me feel happy.