Words, Windows and Disturbed

Have you ever experienced Altschmerz? Altschmerz is a German word that describes a weariness with the same old issues you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing for years. I am not sure about you but I experience this often. Just when you get an issue resolved….another one you’ve dealt with before crops up, it can often be maddening. But, I have found that even if an issue crops back up, during the previous times I have discovered new and different ways to address it and experience kaizen, a Japanese word meaning continuous growth.

Lest you think I am a wordsmith or a linguist, I found this great website that has 500+ untranslatable words by 70+ languages – Eunoia, Words That Don’t Translate. There are so many words that don’t translate directly into other languages accurately, such as ubuntu. When you translate the Zulu word Ubuntu into English it comes out as personality. But the meaning in Zulu is a quality that includes the essential human virtues – compassion and humanity. It refers to behaving well towards others or acting in ways that benefit the community, a person that behaves in these ways has ubuntu, they are a full person. (1)

  • The website Window Swap, created by Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, was created as a quarantine project. Sonali said that she and her husband Vaishnav were growing tired of their same view while in quarantine and decided to create a project to see the views that people all over the world were seeing. “Window Swap is here to fill that deep void in our wanderlust hearts by allowing us to look through someone else’s window, somewhere in the world, for a while.” (2) There is a beautiful balcony view of the mountains in Villongo, Italy, someone’s backyard full of green plants in Tangerang Selatan, a beautiful backyard near a cornfield in Obersteinabrunn, Austria and so many more. It has to be one of the most fascinating and beautiful things to see people’s views from all around the world.
  • And last but not least is this LIVE cover of The Sound of Silence by Disturbed. Typically, I do not like covers at all, but in my opinion this is the best cover of a song that I’ve ever heard. I appreciate how a heavy metal band covers a folk song so beautifully. Disturbed keeps the focus on David’s voice and the lyrics, with the band beautifully supporting the quietness of the song. It gives me chills every.single.time that I hear it. Also, if you want to take a walk down memory lane, here’s Simon & Garfunkel singing the original version.