A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson

“Reposer”

I discovered an awesome concept while studying French verbs: “to rest” in French is literally “to put one’s self back.” See:
poser = “to put”
reposer = “to put back”
se reposer = “to rest,” and literally, “to put one’s self back.” (The se is the reflexive part that means “one’s self.”)

I love this! I think of Chip the teacup from Beauty and the Beast, going to sleep in his cupboard. When I go about my daily activities, I’m “out,” but when it’s time to rest, I put myself back. This concept has been helping me compartmentalize to deal with stress. Who knew learning a foreign language can be an aid to health?

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This entry was posted on May 23, 2013 by in Discoveries from Learning and tagged , , .
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