In my A to Z of Becoming, I’ve reached the letter “x” again. In Part 1, I took “Xcite” and in part 2, “Xtole” – both, of course, are a play on “x”. I couldn’t think of a verb really beginning with “x” (and, no, I don’t think “xylophone” is a verb meaning to play a “xylophone”, as in “I’m just off to do some xylophoning”)
So this time around I thought I would take “x” as a verb in its own right. What do you think of when you see an “x”?
It has many meanings for us. It can represent a choice. I recently placed an “x” in a box on a voting paper. It can represent a crossroad coming up if we see it on a road sign. It can represent “incorrect”, the opposite of a tick.
But I use “x” mostly as a signifier of love.
You know the way people sign off a communication, whether its birthday greetings in a card, or even a short sms or whatsapp message. Do you do that? If you do, how many such kisses do you use? One, two or three? Or more? And do you vary the number of kisses you give on the basis of the depth of the feeling you have? Or is it just a routine you don’t even notice you are doing?
You know one of the themes of my posts is about awareness and making active choices, so I’m going to suggest two things this week based on “x for kiss”.
One is notice when you write an “x” this week. Pause for a second and ask yourself why you’re doing it, what you feel about the person you are writing to, and just get in touch for a few seconds with the love you feel. Then press send. (Or put the card in the envelope)
The second is give more kisses.
A common sign off in France is “bisous” – which is French for kiss – sometimes that is the word at the end of a greeting, sometimes it is followed by some “x”s. In France, as in many other European countries it is common to greet people you know with kisses – one on each cheek, or three (and if it is three do you start and finish on the left or the right? I haven’t figured that out yet!)
I have “k” for “kiss” in my A to Z so I won’t say more about kissing today.
Enjoy becoming aware of your “x”s this week!