Have you ever seen a kaleidoscope?
“A kaleidoscope is a circle of mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off the mirrors. Kaleidoscopes operate on the principle of multiple reflections, where several mirrors are attached together.” Wikipedia
For an easy comparison, let’s say:
telescope = an instrument used to see distant objects
kaleidoscope = a device to see the beauty of colors and forms combined
Why Kaleidoscope Words?
“A continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like.” Dictionary.com
We see the world as if we are looking through a kaleidoscope. There are several perspectives in every story. There is uniqueness in every twist. It reveals something new in each turn. One may see something beautiful and colorful, while others see complicated and unexplainable patterns.
Kaleidoscope produces a mix of colors and complex patterns – just like words.
A single word could mean nothing not until you let other words to join in to produce a more sensible message or statement.
Some words have the same pattern (spelling) but convey different ideas. Our tone and intonation also creates variations of a single word.
It is also confusing that a set of words can be interpreted differently especially when our emotion gets in the way of expressing it.
With all these, one will surely encounter unfamiliarity at one point in life.
I am one of those who scramble with words when it comes to expressing ideas, thoughts, and feelings. So allow me to speak my mind in various ways.
And now I’m out of words.