Very Vital “V” Words


“I suppose if you had to choose just one quality to have that would be it: vitality.”

John F. Kennedy as quoted in
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s
A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House


Most people have a favorite color or holiday.  I have a favorite letter of the alphabet – V.   Strong, yet not commonly used.  We simply don’t put words like verve or vim in our everyday conversation.  A pity!  Vitality is true to its first letter.   Merriam-Webster defines it as “physical or mental vigor,  lively and animated character.”  If someone is described as having vitality, you know they’ll be full of life and energy.  Kennedy certainly was.

I want to better live that quality – I’ll start by sprinkling in more vim and vigor in my conversation.

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