Swish Fulfillment

The feeling of delicate luck after casually tossing something across the room and hitting your target so crisply and perfectly that you feel no desire to even attempt another shot, which is a more compelling argument for the concept of monogamous love than anything sung to a guitar. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in…

Pâro

The feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—that any attempt to make your way comfortably through the world will only end up crossing some invisible taboo—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully,…

Rückkehrunruhe

The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago—which makes you wish you could smoothly cross-dissolve back into everyday life, or just hold the…

Fly High

I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still…

Semaphorism

A conversational hint that you have something personal to say on the subject but don’t go any further. An emphatic nod, a half-told anecdote, an enigmatic ‘I know the feeling’, which you place into conversations like those little flags that warn diggers of something buried underground. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a…

The 5AM CLUB

Part manifesto for mastery, part playbook for genius-grade productivity and part companion for a life lived beautifully, the 5 am club is a work that will transform your life. Forever. Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5 AM Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that…

Inevitable Truths

The heart desires remorselessly and the mind suffers- bearing the weight of all the consequences and fretting over the tiniest of things. It’s in these moments you begin to question everything you ever stood for, when your principles are challenged by none other than your own self. What are you supposed to do when the…

kairosclerosis

The moment you realize that you’re currently happy—consciously trying to savor the feeling—which prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it’s little more than an aftertaste. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create…

The Emotion Machine

In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought…

Oblivion

Blood pumping, face gleaming with sweat, spirit soaring and dropping simultaneously. Stars twinkling, lighting the field, winds blowing. Heaving sighs, he stood there, short of breath. With a sword in his untidy hand, his shield glistening, with beads of crimson red hanging loosely in his other hand, he could smell earth, blood, sweat, and ignited…

We Don’t Talk Anymore- Charlie Puth

“We Don’t Talk Anymore” is a song produced by American singer- Charlie Otto Puth, featuring Selena Marie Gomez. This song, written by Charlie, Selena and Jacob Kasher, made it to the top charts soon after its release in May 2016. Puth put words together and had the guitar lined up for this song in Tokyo-…

Deep Cut

An emotion you haven’t felt in years that you might have forgotten completely if your emotional playlist hadn’t been left on shuffle. A feeling whose opening riff tugs on all your other neurons like a dog on a leash waiting for you to open the door. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project,…

Anchorage

The desire to hold on to time as it passes, like trying to keep your grip on a rock in the middle of a river, feeling the weight of the current against your chest while your elders float on downstream, calling over the roar of the rapids, Just let go—it’s okay—let go. Coined in 2012 by John…

Home

Flickering candles that smell like home- a smell only I seem to know. That reminiscing feeling starts to grow, when your lonely eyes meet mine, from across your warm glow. Maybe your arms will fit, just like my memories, from long ago. Perhaps we’ll only uncover, when you take me home! Wanna be a wordmate?…