Emboldened is the latest : a verb…the courage or confidence to do something or behave in a certain way. To fortify, hearten, strengthen or cheer…brace, raise, rouse and stir. Stimulate, rally, invigorate, buck-up. Goad, inflame, provoke, electrify.
Doesn’t its mere sound increase your heart rate?
To put it in simple layman’s terms, it means to light a fire beneath you.
For example, if someone praises my prose, it makes me want to pen more. I’m emboldened by the compliment, galvanized to sit and write.
I’m not a very good preener, very hard for me to take a bow, but I do know how good it feels when someone says, well done. Like sun suddenly shining upon your shoulders.
We all need support in whatever it is we do. To be emboldened means to sparkle without apology. To bask in the knowledge we’re relevant in our efforts especially if it’s something we love. I think writers have to love what they do it being such a solitary effort, same as painting or practicing an instrument. Acknowledgement becomes like a knock on the door flooding your space with light.
When someone writes a positive response I am more than a little emboldened. I gleam in its glow.
Such a lovely word bolstering ones creativity like a verbal transfusion hoisting, brightening and buoying your being.
Words, they take your breath, don’t they?