I was poking around in gozarks archives and came upon an editorial I wrote 5 years ago, in February of 2005 which I repost here as it seems ever-appropriate to the moment:
For those of us who grew-up with some semblance of Judeo-Christian learning, the word beatification has almost exclusively been associated with pronouncements of sainthood and/or in divine association with prophets, sages, enlightenment, seekers of wisdom and/or in reverence to Jesus Christ.
This morning I was proofing and tweaking some copy I’d written for a client last night, describing the “features, advantages, and benefits” of their organization. In one of the lines of text I came upon the phrase: Focus on community beatification…
Well at first, my mind clicked on “typo” and my fingers started clicking keys to correct the error. But then, on a whim really, I decided to go and look the word up. I mean, I was pretty certain that I knew what it meant, but still I wanted to confirm. What I discovered, however, came as an interesting surprise.
I learned that the primary definition of the word beatification has no religious/spiritual connotation whatsoever. Mainly, beatification means simply a “state of supreme happiness” and “well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”
As I though about this, I realized that I have achieved this measure of gratification with my work: as a homemaker, as a journalist, as a marketing professional, as a graphic designer, as a business owner, and even to some degree as a civic activist.
I have celebrated this bliss in family relationships: as a mom, as a daughter, as a parent who has essentially given my life over to seeding, cultivating and nurturing the enjoyment of beatification (I really like that word) in, of, by and for my children.
And I have enjoyed the sweet flavor of this precious gift, bestowed upon me for no reason that I can ever imagine myself being worthy of, as the humble beneficiary of enduring friends and loyal clients.
Considering this, I thought long and hard about my apparent typo, and what I decided was that maybe it wasn’t an error at all. Maybe it was a Freudian slip of the virtual tongue. Because maybe, I decided, just maybe… ‘community beatification’ is what we all should be focusing on. ~~~