Displaying the Unique U with Cursive
Every human being is unique. There is no one else like us. Except for identical twins or triplets, our DNA, our double helix cannot be replicated. Yet, so many people take their uniqueness for granted. As a therapist, I often hear, “There is nothing special about me.” Gently but firmly, I disagree. Displaying the Unique U with Cursive.
People often forget they have simple but obvious examples that contradict their premise. One of the most outstanding displays is one’s unique signature. Yes, for those of us who learned cursive, we are aware that our “John Hancock” stands alone in its one of a kind. Can it be forged? Yes, but an expert in such chicanery can detect the inauthentic from the real thing.
Teaching cursive in public schools has become somewhat of a relic over these past several years. With the rise of computer skills, more people have used the click of a mouse instead of the hand motion of the pen. Although many of us could benefit from slowing down our hurried and, at times, indecipherable signature, cursive handwriting is still essential and considered by many to be significant for children to learn. Not only does it teach them discipline, but it also helps develop fine motor skills, learning to grip a pencil or pen properly. I am sure there are other ways for children to learn these skills, but this loss seems to go further.
Unique U with Cursive
As a child, I recall that learning cursive was another developmental milestone. We did not practice cursive until third or fourth grade, so we puffed ourselves up as one of the “bigger kids.” Also, if done slowly, cursive can be elegant and artistic. Many of us no longer take the time to create a lovely visual with our handwriting, but we know the outcome when it does. Calligraphy is an example of beautiful penmanship. Recently, I read about the Spencerian script, a splendid display of earlier American handwriting. This almost lost art can be performed quickly and speedily without losing its aestheticism. Displaying the Unique U with Cursive.
I do not know if cursive is lost forever. I have heard rumblings about a possible resurrection. Whether it is or not, I plan on trying my hand at Spencerian to experience beauty differently. Why not try developing your unique signature with elegance and grace? Here is to cursive! May it find a way to survive and endure through the ages. Displaying the Unique U with Cursive.
What are your thoughts about this lost art and skill? Do you think children should learn how to reveal their uniqueness by signing their names? Give it some idea. You might want to hone your own into something more beautiful and even more unique.
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Darlene Corbett, LICSW, is a Keynote Speaker, Author, Licensed Therapist/Hypnotherapist, and Podcaster. She is known as the “UnStuck” expert. Darlene has developed programs based on her experience and is hired by associations and corporations all over the country. Her book, Stop Depriving the World of You, published by Sound Wisdom, helps readers begin their unique journey to self-discovery. She has been quoted in Bustle, KnoxNew, and MSN.com and writes for Sixty and Me. BizCatalyst 360 invited her to be a Featured Contributor and Columnist. Darlene’s column, Inspiring You, can be found at https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/author/darlenecorbett/.
She has spoken at many events, including the New England Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, where she was the Closing Keynote Speaker in November 2019.
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It was disappointing to learn that many young people and children cannot read cursive. I can remember my days in HR in Jamaica over 30 years ago, an application with beautiful cursive was one thst was.pulled from the pile immediately.
My mother placed a lot of emphasis on ‘good handwriting’ and had a distinct style that was unique to her. I do hope cursive is revived to its place of honor.
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