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I think that aliveness
is alertness and presence,
is busy and active . . .
a good thing in itself,
but not really as present
as when you are more fully aware of the life you inhabit.
Aliveness, like today, I feel happy in every cell of my being. Liveliness is my energy level and at my age, I would say I suffer from too much enthusiasm!!!
Aliveness is just existing. Liveliness is a life of joy, service to others, deep relationship with the Universe, and an ongoing process of growth in knowledge and wisdom.
My English is not good enough to know the difference of the two words. But to be alive to me means to live happily in a way which is good for me and everybody else also. to feel the joy of serving life with creativity, love and intelligence
Your response was beautfiully expressed Hermann-Josef ♥
One emerges from stillness. The other emerges from the mind.
All of the responses are so inspiring!
I will echo what Laura shared: “Liveliness is behavior. Aliveness is a state of being.”
The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this question is that in my younger days, I was a very lively person. Others saw me as an extrovert because of my behavior. On my (long) journey I think I have morphed into a person whose state of being is more “alive” than “lively”. Along the way I’ve discovered that I am an “introverted extrovert”. (I may have made that up…but it rings true to me)
Have a blessed day friends ♥
I am an introvert that likes to talk a lot.
Aliveness offers a sense of appreciation for life. The most alive people that I know are those who embrace it, no matter the circumstance.
Liveliness refers to a certain level of energy…perhaps as in music or a dance step.
This question takes off from the word of the day in a way that at first felt a little forced, or like a vocabulary quiz. Then I thought of people who fill their lives with activities and busyness (liveliness) as compared with feeling genuinely alive and recognizing that as having value. I would say that as a younger person I packed a lot more liveliness into my days but that didn’t make them more valuable than days when I can become more aware of aliveness.
Thanks, Barb, for making that connection. I liked the word of the day, because the science I do is what excites me, but sometimes I think I Should be doing more to ‘save the world.’
When I think of “aliveness”, I think of someone who’s actively engaged with the world, fearlessly pursuing experiences, and being a part of and aware of the reality that surrounds them.
When I think of “liveliness”, I think of someone who is active. Could be a toddler. Could be my cat. Could be me after my second cup of coffee.
If I am reading and pondering this, my brain is focused on thinking and typing the answer. If I am dancing to the music, my liveliness is inspired and activated.
Liveliness is behavior. Aliveness is a state of being.
aliveness is what music is to dancing and what liveliness is what dancing is to music
Love this analogy.
Well, the first thing I saw in my minds eye…for liveliness, I see young children dancing-with no inhibitions-to music. Filled with joy and movement, they are so happy.
For aliveness, I see their grandmother sitting in a chair, watching them. and smiling.
Beautiful, Mary Pat! So true.
That’s a beautiful illustration. Thank you!
Liveliness, to me, implies activity … aliveness is being. I’m trying to think of when I would even use those words, lol.
Aliveness: Having life: Not dead or inanimate.
Liveliness: Briskly, alert and energetic, Active, Intense.
– above from Merriam-Webster
If a goldfish should want a vacation, who would know?
– from Kevin 😊
Good question, Kevin. A related question: What does my guinea pig want?
I have faith that the answer to your question, “What does my guinea pig want?” will be revealed in tomorrow morning‘s Daily Question! Let’s pray that it does, because an unhappy guinea pig is an unhappy household. (Or so I have been told!) Ha!
Nah – I don’t think the Rachel Carson quote today tells me what to do, but Brownie is happily eating mixed vegetables now, so I think my prayers gave me a good answer. If she lives that long, she’ll be 5 on my grandfather’s birthday in August. I plan to replace her with my first ever cat. Guinea pigs are alive because their ancestors in the Andes successfully ran away when someone was trying to catch and eat them, and that’s not a good instinct in a pet. Her now-dead sister’s favorite game was for me to chase her – and not be able to catch her. Not a fun game for me. But Brownie is more cuddly than Skippy was. Warm wishes to you!
Well I just bought her some ‘cat grass’ today and am going to let her eat the entire pot of it if she wants. … She has moved on to some leftover munchies now, but it feels good not to take away the pot for future eating, now that she’s old and ailing. 🙂
Oh gosh, aging pets. So much love received and loving care required without hesitation. We have a nineteen-year old cat and a blind dog pushing eleven. My wife and I are in our early seventies and the trek up the stairs to bed each night, with cat and dog ahead, looks like a slow motion parade of four, “One step-two steps, “You can do it!” which is really just as much for us as them!
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