This is from Higgins. This was the ‘Word of the Day’ on July 7, 2016 I think. Anyway, they were quite insistent on following up on this.
From Dictionary.com: Velleity \vuh-LEE-i-tee\ 1. a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
From Oxford Dictionary (online): Velleity: A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.
Higgins: We have been asked how long it takes for one’s desires to come to fruition. When the desire burns so strongly that it stimulates you to committed and sustained action; when you have stopped wanting and KNOW that it is yours, whatever it is, then it will be and it will be so very soon. The Universe MUST and DOES respond to you. The Universe cannot fail to respond. However, when your want is a mere velleity the Universe will give a soft response, or apparent non-response, because that is the only thing it can do. YOU ARE THE ENGINE THAT DRIVES THE UNIVERSE AND YOUR WANTS AND DESIRES ARE THE FUEL. Are you using good quality gasoline that burns hot or are you wishy-washy?
We have often talked about asking the Universe for something. Let’s change that verbiage. You don’t ask the Universe for something, you tell it. Make the Universe get up and move for you. No one else can.
Received August 31, 2016
I’d never heard of velleity before (and me an English teacher!) but the distinction is brilliant, and so well explained. Thanks Higgins – and Cheryl x
I hadn’t either but thanks to dictionary.com and the Word of the Day we got some great clarity! Higgins has been talking about this for ages without the right word to make it clear.