20 Jul Lagniappe

What is lagniappe? The short answer is an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.

Motivational speaker Roger Crawford defines it as “beyond full measure”.  In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain writes, “We picked up one excellent word – a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word – ‘lagniappe.’  They pronounce it lanny-yap.  It is Spanish – so they said.  We discovered it at the head of a column of odds and ends in the Picayune, the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth.  It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose.  It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a ‘baker’s dozen.’  It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure.”

My #mindright challenge for you this week is to bring the idea of lagniappe into your life. The next time something is asked of you, give more than what is expected!

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