words with meaning

September 22, 2013Karen Courcy

c5ad98de23b211e382b422000a1f9ab7_7Last weekend for my birthday my good Friend Tina took me to “Ink Farm Tattoo” to get the tattoo on my wrist that I have been wanting to get for so long.

Saltare is Latin for “Dance”. The word dance has many many meanings to me. I was in dance for 13 years from 4 years old, all the way up till I was 16 years old. I was a Ballet, Tap and Jazz dancer!

There is another side to what Dance means to me, dance also means healing for me. My therapist and I use the word “Dance” a lot in therapy! He always says to me “we are going down the dancing path” .. and for me that holds so much meaning.

The word “Dance” is written a lot in the therapy room. On the white board, on the chalkboard Mug .. it’s a reminder that no matter how hard things are, there is always movement. There will be celebrations of the good in the hard.

We have or should I say “my therapist” has gotten up and danced many times when I have moved through something hard. He is waiting for the day I dance in therapy with him in celebration.. someday I will find the courage to.

I love Latin because Latin is a huge part of my Catholic Religion. It only made sense to use the word “Dance” in Latin and that is “Saltare” … beautiful word, with many many meanings for me.

I never thought I would be the type of person to get a tattoo. This is my 2nd tattoo, I have one on the neck in chinese symbols that says “Faith Courage Wisdom”  I got this 3 years ago.. also words with meaning for me. d70bf76623b611e38db822000a1f9720_7

Faith to trust the movement, courage to move through it and the wisdom I learn along the way. that’s what this tattoo means.

Words have been a part of my life since i was 5 years old. The moment I started to write I found comfort in words so it only makes sense I would find so much meaning to represent in my life.

I will look down at my wrist and be reminded every day that “no matter what I am going through, there is always a moment to dance and move out of it”. It will remind me of what a great dancer I was and how that was my only outlet as a child in between the bouts of abuse.

Words are wonderful, and I live by them everyday. That is why I am a writer and I write.

This was the best Birthday Gift I could have gotten … I love this constant reminder.


  • ziggy40

    September 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Thank you for sharing! It has recently been researched in the power of words and ‘what we say to ourselves!’ This has been a lot of the research into re-wiring of the brain! Glad you enjoyed your birthday!

    1. KarenBeth

      September 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      THANK YOU ziggy! good to see you here 🙂 I have heard much of the same about the power or words .. I love words and the ways we can use them to heal.

      1. ziggy40

        September 23, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        Dear Karen,
        I love your writing from your heart. I’m on a healing journey, it feels like you give hope, thank you, grateful…lol
        love Ziggy

  • Gel

    September 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    It’s good to hear you Karen. I love that you do things like these tatoos that have deep meaning for you. It seems like another way of self care and self expression.
    WOW Happy birthday….I missed it. Which day is it? Oh now I remember ~ the 12th.
    I hope you had a wonderful day with your close people.
    Love to you!

  • Cat

    September 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    What a lovely post! Faith, courage, wisdom and dance are all very positive words and this is what I like about you and this blog. There is always something shinning from your posts. Thanks for sharing that with us…

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