“What did you say? Quinta-supercalifragi–what?”
Imagine Daniel LaRusso from “The Karate Kid” asking that of Mr. Miyagi, as he runs to catch up with him. “What kind of a word is that!? It better not mean ‘paint the house!’”
“DANIEL-san!” (Now it’s clear I’m no Mr. Miyagi, but stay with me! Your ‘Wax On/Wax Off’ will thank you.)
Yes, I know–it’s a long word. But it’s Quintessentialism. (Kwin-tuh-sen-chil-is-um!) It’s a word that means something that…well,… I can’t wait to define for the world!
It’s only a word because I’ve invented it. Quintessentialism doesn’t exist in any dictionary–yet! There’s quintessence, and there’s quintessential, but there isn’t quintessentialism. Except here, and until now!
Yes! Another ISM is about to be born! But THIS one is the ism that surrounds all other isms! It’s what I propose to be the biggest ism, and the most essential ism of all. It’s the end and why to every ism. It’s at the heart of what it means to be our very best!
A quick search online for the definition of ‘quintessence’ will pull up: “the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.” Here’s another: “The perfect embodiment of something” or “The most nearly perfect manifestation of a quality or thing.” One more, and it’s my favorite: “The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.” I grabbed a couple of uses of the word in sentences off the internet as well:
● Tanya has always been the quintessence of high fashion, so I was taken aback when I saw her wearing an old, saggy pair of jeans and a ragged T-shirt.
● These chocolate bars are the quintessence of delicious treats for the soul.
● For many children and adolescents all over the world, the name Voldemort is the quintessence of evil.
● Benjamin Franklin must have been the quintessence of self-improvement because he made a list of thirteen critical virtues and tracked his progress in abiding by the index.
To you who is reading this right now, and to the entire world as well, I have a question!
What is the “most perfect,” or “most nearly perfect,” “embodiment,” or “manifestation” of YOU?
What is the “essence” of YOU in YOUR “purest form?”
What is… your best self?
What is the quintessence of (insert your name here)?
Wouldn’t it do us well to pause for a MONTH on that one question alone? We absolutely could!
. . . .
Quintessentialism is, (drum roll please) discovering and being the essence of oneself in one’s purest form.
A quintessentialist is one who strives to see and to be the most perfect embodiment of his or her self, attaining to their purpose and achieving their potential.
And the most glorious news about quintessentialism of all? Discovering, or seeing what our best self is, and then being our best self… doesn’t happen at the end of a lifetime. It can happen for you and me NOW, before lunch even! No matter where you happen to be, or how old you are, or how little you may think you’ve done, or how far you may think you have yet to go, finding yourself in that wonderfully magical and fulfilling place–where you truly are your very best self, answering to the biggest and brightest purposes within you –might just happen seconds from now;
…when the next person in your life walks into your office with a question; or turns your face with their tiny, three-year-old hands; or texts you to grab some dinner on the way home.
How, do you ask?
As Mr. Miyagi said with a bow to Daniel-san in the Karate Kid; (“Always look eye!”) I say it now to you, softly, slowly, lovingly, and with a smile.
“Come back tomorrow.”
Or read the book. 😉