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  1. sparrow

    I think that aliveness
    is alertness and presence,
    while liveliness
    is busy and active . . .
    a good thing in itself,
    totally absorbed,
    but not really as present
    as when you are more fully aware of the life you inhabit.

    6 months ago
  2. d
    db82258

    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!!!

    6 months ago
  3. Hot Sauce

    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.

    6 months ago
  4. Hermann-Josef

    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

    6 months ago
    1. Diane

      Your response was beautfiully expressed Hermann-Josef ♥

      6 months ago
  5. Don Jones

    One emerges from stillness. The other emerges from the mind.

    6 months ago
  6. Diane

    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 ♥

    6 months ago
    1. d
      db82258

      I am an introvert that likes to talk a lot.

      6 months ago
  7. Nancy

    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.

    6 months ago
  8. Barb C

    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.

    6 months ago
    1. Mica

      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.’

      6 months ago
  9. Charlie T

    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.

    6 months ago
    1. sparrow

      6 months ago
  10. Pilgrim

    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.

    6 months ago
  11. Laura

    Liveliness is behavior. Aliveness is a state of being.

    6 months ago
  12. c
    carol

    aliveness is what music is to dancing and what liveliness is what dancing is to music

    6 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Love this analogy.

      6 months ago
  13. Mary Pat

    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.

    6 months ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      🙂

      6 months ago
    2. Kevin

      Beautiful, Mary Pat! So true.

      6 months ago
    3. Barb C

      That’s a beautiful illustration. Thank you!

      6 months ago
  14. Michele

    Liveliness, to me, implies activity … aliveness is being. I’m trying to think of when I would even use those words, lol.

    6 months ago
  15. Kevin

    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 😊

    6 months ago
    1. Mica

      Good question, Kevin. A related question: What does my guinea pig want?

      6 months ago
      1. Kevin

        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!

        6 months ago
        1. Mica

          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!

          6 months ago
        2. Mica

          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. 🙂

          6 months ago
          1. Kevin

            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!

            6 months ago
    2. Mary Pat

      😂

      6 months ago
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