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Entelechy and Your Life to Live. January 15, 2010

I discovered a new word while reading early this morning….and I like it.

en⋅tel⋅e⋅chy  [en-tel-uh-kee]
n·tel·e·chy (ěn-těl’ĭ-kē)
n. pl. en·tel·e·chies
In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality.

In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

I’m not sure how I’ve missed this word throughout the years though am learning that some things don’t come to us until it’s frankly, just TIME….and then they do.

I sat recently with the thought or thoughts around self actualization….what that means to me, what it might feel like, or feels like when I am there and certainly when I’m not. It’s clearly a feeling thing, but I am realizing that most of my world is around feeling. I always come out strongly on one side of Myers Briggs or DISC profiles, there is no guessing as to my bent.

But how to best realize our individual ‘bents’ is a meaningful question. Often we learn what it ISN’T before we know what it IS.

So, I write and write and write and as I do, the layers peel away and I am privy to what matters most, to how my path might best be directed. That feels a worthy pursuit or endeavor…time well spent leading to actions meaningful, making the mundane just the fuel to catapult us on our path.

And then another word was presented to me today…..’evil’. I considered the backwards spelling of that…’live’. I pray everyday for the courage to live in my absolute truth, despite my fears, despite anything else.

BB Webb


It’s the little things… December 3, 2009

I’ve a word filling my mind this evening.


I’m not sure why. Words get lodged in my brain until I pay attention. I’m not sure who is knocking on my noggin at these times….but I’m grateful for their presence. So, off to, one of my favorite places to tarry. Here’s what I found.

sus⋅tain  [suh-steyn] Show IPA
–verb (used with object)
1. to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
2. to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
3. to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding.
4. to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
5. to keep up or keep going, as an action or process: to sustain a conversation.
6. to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.
7. to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds.
8. to support (a cause or the like) by aid or approval.
9. to uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it: The judge sustained the lawyer’s objection.
10. to confirm or corroborate, as a statement: Further investigation sustained my suspicions.

I’m enchanted by words. Sustainability I found fits many areas certainly of my life. Perhaps yours as well.

The things we support, the challenges which weigh on us, producing more muscle giving us the opportunity to rise like a phoenix, (bless the adversity….it’s the best building block I know), clearly those late night conversations with favorite pals AND my very business offering at Carl House, even more than the necessities of life, but rich wine and savory culinary delights….the things we rally for, and the affirmations made to build and grow others.

Well, I’m just stuck on the thought of how we sustain…hold up, move on, rally forth, rise above, affirm and celebrate.

Sustainably Yours…

BB Webb