Welcome to Moxie week! I am so excited. The approach of Moxie week has been percolating around in my little brain all week. Yes even while gratitude week had been humming along beautifully. I mean going from annoyed to basking in the possibility of life changing gratefulness is a pretty good week by any standards! But MOXIE week?! This calls for a whole new game!
I even think it calls for a NEW definition!
This is where I have been coming from during previous Moxie weeks (on my old blog, this is the first Moxie week at Bliss Habits)
MOXIE – The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; vigor; verve; pep.
It is a perfectly acceptable definition. I find it encouraging and I like the part about facing adversity “with spirit and courage.” What this definition lacks for me is a kick ass, get your hands dirty, I am here on the planet to have my voice heard and to make things happen sort of enthusiasm.
Yes, I’m sure Amelia Earhart. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Rachel Carson were able to “face difficulty with spirit and courage” but that quality alone is not what has them stand out as a person with Moxie.
I also don’t like that I have genderized it. When I hear it I immediately think a woman must be the subject. Yes I want women to feel empowered but a pull you up by the bootstraps, champion of the greater good, keep you going even when things get tough type of word should be available to the entire population.
Moxie intimates a sense of adventure to me. A type of boldness that requires being ok with surprise endings and an ability to make promises bigger then yourself. Moxie asks for our best and it mandates we step out into the unknown while offering trust that we have the capability. She is kind… no WE (not He either) and keeps a raucous and inclusive sense of humor. Moxie does not discriminate and lives as a promise to be honest and true to ourselves.
Moxie is not one size fits all. Helping an old man pick up his groceries, not laughing a racially biased joke, raising your hand in class even when you aren’t sure of the answer, telling your dearest that you disagree with their point of view are all forms of Moxie. What unites them is if the act has you push past your personal edge. If you and your Sweetie regularly banter about differences of opinion then doing so for you would not be moxie. If however, you have always kept quiet about a personal opinion and decide to share, you most certainly are treading in moxie’s waters!
So, (this is where I ask for your help!) have I left out any nuance you believe should be there? And now that I have distinguished what I believe Moxie to be, what should the definition be? Four paragraphs is terrific as an inquiry but it is less then optimal for general use. I am convinced that what we specifically focus on makes a huge difference which is why I chose all of my definitions carefully and want Moxie’s to be upgraded. Currently my definition does not live up to the word’s potential.
I love this word and it is time I defined it in a manner fitting of it’s magnificence.
Will you help? I will be working on this through out the week and would love to have your input. If all goes well, I plan to reveal the new “official Bliss Habits definition” by the end of the week so please share any and all ideas as soon as you have them. Moxie thanks you.