In Hebrew, there is a slang word for someone who talks too much and too DEEP.
A person who likes to peel the onion, and again, and again. A person who likes to get to the heart of things, the core, the gold. That word is: DIGGER.
It's often a bit judgmental, and may be accompanied with an eye roll towards the said 'digger.' It doesn't exist in every circle, but in some Israeli circles - 'digging' can be unwanted. I imagine in other circles - digging is a noble act and even expected.
My nephew called me a DIGGER the other day.
He giggled while at it - he is an eight year old so he gets a pass for making fun of his aunt - and I took it as a compliment. Actually - I took it as a badge of honor.
Going deep, or trying to get to the heart of things - is like an adventure of the senses, an investigation on the depth of my mind, a journey into understanding more.
If I look at a problem, and REALLY look at it, and ask experts about it, and inquire about it, and maybe experiment with solutions for it, or philosophize about it or just plain old TALK about it - I will reach somewhere.
And that somewhere?
There may be GOLD in that somewhere.
There may be TRUTH in that somewhere.
There may be INSIGHT in that somewhere.
And yes, there may also be a PILE OF SHIT in that somewhere.
But the willingness to dig?
That's the actual adventure.
That's the risk.
That's the journey.
That's why I DIG.
I DIG - to DIG.
So go ahead, call me a DIGGER.
I dig it. :-)
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In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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