What is a Quink?
A quink is roughly defined as the opposite of trauma, it is a specific event (a spark) that transforms your life positively from that point onward.
There is a curious asymmetry in the English language in which words that describe negative or problematic concepts do not have named positive counterparts. Contagious, jealousy, paranoia, trauma just to name a few.
If we want to build a new world we need new words. Quink is not just part of the name of this event, it was coined to name a transformative personal experience.
What is a Quink?
- The spark of positive change
- Roughly the opposite of trauma
- A specific identifiable event after which the person has prolonged and possibly permanent positive memories and capacities.
Examples of Quinks
One of the easiest quink to understand are the ones we find through books. Most people can relate to the sentence “I read this book and it changed my life for the better”, that is their quink book. Another accessible quink is simply standing up for yourself, and especially when you are at a power disadvantage – save a possible disastrous response, drawing boundaries, expressing them and maintaining them can be a quink. Good consent culture enables risk taking, risk taking richens the environment for quinks.
The endless process of enlightenment is perhaps the most elusive quink. Any experience which informs your understanding of self and/or world is a point, from which forward, your life is positively influenced.
Love is perhaps the most accessible, yet fickle, quink. Love’s impact has the power to change us into a state of grace AND unravel us into some tough and testy feelings. Either way, the personal and shared growth from Love can be a quink trajectory in many ways.
Kicking an addiction, be it to drugs, media, or toxic relationships, is an invitation for quink. This involves your own agreement with yourself for betterment paired with more resilience for transformation.