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Are you a "lotus-eater?"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

lotus-eater

PRONUNCIATION:
(LO-tuhs-ee-tuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A person who indulges in idle daydreaming or leads a life of luxurious ease, instead of dealing with practical matters.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the lotus-eaters, people in Homer's Odyssey, who ate the lotus fruit that supposedly induced a dreamy forgetfulness. Earliest documented use: 1832.

USAGE:
"James Hewitt finds himself in Devon with mum, sleeping in the spare bedroom ... Life as a lotus-eater in sunny climes appears to be well and truly over."
Anna Pukas; The Major Moves Back With His Mum; Daily Express (London, UK); Nov 9, 2013.

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CINDYWAGNER1 11/22/2013 12:59PM

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NANCYPAT1 11/21/2013 6:00AM

    Not always but definitely would like to be.

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ARTJAC 11/21/2013 3:20AM

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/20/2013 12:38PM

    Do you know the beautiful poem by Tennyson called "The Lotus-Eaters?" It is complex and lovely.

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LAURANCE 11/19/2013 9:50PM

  I have too much caregiving to do, and I'm tired and burned out. Sometimes I dream about the possibility of better times.

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2HAMSDIET 11/19/2013 9:04PM

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FROSTY99 11/19/2013 7:55PM

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LIS193 11/19/2013 3:04PM

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1CRAZYDOG 11/19/2013 2:51PM

    Nah, not a lotus eater too much, but I do have goals and plans! HUGS

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LOVELYLYNDA 11/19/2013 2:07PM

    I daydream a lot. I can't say I live a life of luxurious ease. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/19/2013 11:25AM

    Interesting!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/19/2013 11:25AM

    Interesting!

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JUSTYNA7 11/19/2013 11:22AM

    No! However I have had brief moments when I have found myself in luxerious recline, all my whims taken care of, nose in a book or swaying in a hammock looking out at glistening water... the breeze and birds and leaves and perhaps a bumble bee being the only business going on. And then, lol I probably got bored. I also have gone to the Spa Nordik which was the ONLY time my mind ever stopped, after three times being in hot steam or dry sauna followed by a plunge in an icy waterfall or pool and then finished with rest by a wood smoked fire or in a silent sleeping room. THAT was amazing. A brief stepping off the crazy hectic treadmill to just... be timeless, motionless, thoughtless. We need balance in our lives. Sometimes for me it is extremes that balance out. I can believe I would want to imbibe of the lotus. Perhaps that is what I tried to do in my eating frenzies... escape when I knew no other way to leave the extreme business and reponsibilities and pains of my life... but now I have enough delight and pleasure and satisfaction in ... being... I would not be a lotus eater.

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SANDRALEET 11/19/2013 11:15AM

    I am a realist

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BOB5148 11/19/2013 11:12AM

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PRINCESS_SOFI 11/19/2013 10:53AM

    Yes, I am. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 11/19/2013 10:44AM

    Very interesting - thanks!

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