• Danielle Super

What does Reclaiming mean?


In order to answer this question, I thought it pertinent to first turn to the dictionary for an official definition.

First, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines Reclaim as:


1. to recall from wrong or improper conduct

2. to rescue from an undesirable state; also : to restore to a previous natural state

3. to demand or obtain the return of

4. to regain possession of


Additionally, dictionary.com defines Reclaim as:


1. to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.

2. to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.

3. to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.


Drawing from these definitions, two in particular stood out to me. First, reclaiming as a way "to rescue from an undesirable state," and, "to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc."

If I could reclaim anything in my life, it would be freedom from severe anxiety and a return to a place of peace, inner security, faith and vision.

What does the word "reclaim" mean to you? What would you reclaim if you had the choice?

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