Welcome to the Fruitful English February blog post from Tara!
First, did you try practicing mindfulness meditation last month?
Did it help? I hope so!
This month, I thought I’d do an alliteration theme: Fruitful February.
Although you’ll be already thinking about March at this point, we can still consider in what ways we made February Fruitful. What does it mean to be fruitful? There are different nuances to understand as the word can imply being productive, meaningful / with purpose, or to gain something.
For this post, I want to focus on the ‘meaningful / with purpose’ aspect. Some example sentences with this meaning might be:
- It was a fruitful time spent with networking with others in the industry.
- Our conversation was fruitful in helping me understand her better.
Of course, you can apply the other meanings to these sentences, but how do these sentences impact you differently using only the lens of understanding as ‘meaningful / with purpose’? Like mindfulness meditation helps us to focus on our breath to calm or slow our minds so that we can deepen our thoughts, when we focus our attention on one particular meaning of words that can have multiple meanings, especially in English, then it can deepen our understanding. So, what did you do this month that was truly fruitful?
For me, I have been working on two dreams of mine: writing and building up my own online magazine platform. Each of these have their own fruitful elements.
Writing is fruitful in helping me to process my experiences on a day-to-day basis as well as over my lifetime so far. Since I was a child, I have wanted to write for others to know about my life so that they didn’t have to feel alone as I generally did. It took me many years to push aside the demons in my head that have held me back, but age has finally given me the confidence and gumption I have needed to give it a go.
Building my own online magazine platform has fruitful results in that it is providing others with examples of like-minded people who look like us doing jobs that we could do, or sharing the experiences of others like us to remind each other that we are not alone and never have been despite the silence that has been voiced. I believe that we can make our lives fruitful through a deepening understanding of ourselves and others. How about you?
– A noun referring to the repetitive use of the same initial consonant in a phrase that is often found in tongue twisters. e.g. “She sells seashells down by the seashore” is an example of an alliteration used for pronunciation practice.
– This noun can be used literally or abstractly. The abstract meaning refers to a point of view or perspective.
e.g. If we consider this from an objective lens, then the painting simply represents a scene from an era in which the artist lived.
the demons in my head
– This idiomatic phrase refers to the negative thoughts that one thinks that are personified as voices of monsters.
e.g. There are times when the demons in my head get the best of me and I go into a bit of a depression.
– A noun that refers to having initiative or confidence to take an action.
e.g. It took a lot of gumption for Johnny to stand up to the bully on the playground.
アメリカ育ちで日本で９年間英語を教えた経験あり。日本以外にもAbu Dhabiでも英語を教えていたベテランの先生です。 ヨガを教える資格も持っていてとてもアクティブで、「諦めずに頑張って」とモチベーションをくれる指導スタイルで人気。
座右の銘は「We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit」。