In IM chatter with the lovely and wise Sky just a bit ago, the subject of confidence came up. I said I needed more of it, she asked “what is confidence?”
We talked around the subject for a bit, throwing out elements. I suggested “faith,” which she accepted, and “attitude,” which she thought implied arrogance rather than confidence.
We agreed that confidence is grounded by something. She used the word “solid” and then the word “surety.”
“Surety.” Yes. I like this word. I said so.
She thew out words like “positivity” and “optimism” and there was a CLICK inside my head. You know the kind. The incandescent lightbulb of an IDEA beginning to form.
“Pose,” I said.
“Poise,” she countered.
“No. POSE.” And I explained:
Positivity. Optimism. Surety. Energy.
So. Strike the POSE.