Day 1049: Essence

What is the essence of the word “essence”?

the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character.
“conflict is the essence of drama”
synonyms: quintessence, soul, spirit, nature
a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is.
plural noun: essences
an extract or concentrate obtained from a particular plant or other matter and used for flavoring or scent.
synonyms: extract, concentrate, distillate, elixir, decoction, juice, tincture

Yesterday, I had an interesting discussion about essence with Newell, Lisa, and Michelle …


… showing their essences there, left to right.

Newell — who arranged last night’s reunion of people who worked together for years at a psychiatric day treatment program —  broached the subject of essence almost immediately, which reflects the essence of Newell. Newell told us he essentially believes we all have an essence that never changes.  I noted the essence of irony there, since our work focused on the essence of change. I also wondered whether our essence was immortal.

My essence loves the essences of the three people in that photo.

Earlier in the day, I experienced the essence of several things, at Whole Foods Market …

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…  my local Honda dealership …

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… and a watch and clock shop.

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I’m thinking that one of those clocks might have the perfect essence for my new office in Newton, Massachusetts. Which clock would your essence choose?

Finally, here’s the essence of Lisa’s adorable dog …



What do you think is the essence of this post? Does “My Immortal” by Evanescence capture its essence?

Here and now, I’m happy to share the essence of my gratitude for Newell, Lisa, Michelle, music, animals, time, things that change and things that stay the same, and — of course! — you.

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32 thoughts on “Day 1049: Essence

  1. That is an interesting question. It would be fun to listening in your discussion about that. I think both you and Newell are correct.

  2. Evanescence essentially rocks!
    Love your essence Ann 💛

  3. I love stuffed toys! 🙂

  4. Ah, the essential essence!

  5. Superdog!

  6. Super dog is awesome! 🙂 I like the little yellow clock with the dancing man on top. 🙂

  7. I love today’s topic Ann. “Essence” is indeed an alchemist’s concern, yet “an essence” is something I suppose may catch one’s attention at some point. It may do so either expectedly (because one feels it) or unexpectedly (it popped out all-of-a-sudden). The “unexpected” ones are perhaps the most interesting and the alchemist’s concern. I do believe humans are interconnected through their ‘essences’, yet how it happens is perhaps something people somehow know but cannot explain. My belief is that essences are perceived, not learned. Perceptions can be mistaken, yet only through them can one delve deeper into life. It is through our perceptions that essence is eventually found,

  8. I don’t do conflict well I try not to do, the essence of a happy life is allowing one’s self to leave the past in the past and to allow ourselves to feel sad, happy, confused, and scared and to allow others to care and help us when we need help

  9. hello ann koplow its dennis the vizsla dog hay that bear stuffie is kind of skarry!!! fortchoonatly i see that sooper dog is on the job to protekt us!!! ok bye

  10. I love the essence of the bear, who is fierce and yet cuddly.

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  12. My Immortal is one of my very favorite songs. 🙂

  13. I am essentially drawn to the essence of this post. 😀

  14. LOL I just realized what a dork I am – “grew up [..] when I was a girl”?!? *facepalm* Thank you for appreciating my unintentional grammatical goofiness. 😀

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