I have heard something a lot recently that has started to really bother me. It’s not a phrase or even a sentence. It’s one little tiny word. But this one little, tiny word has a huge impact. The word is “just.” “Just” has become my new least favorite word. I don’t mean in the “It is just and right to have laws” kind of way. I mean in the “Oh, I’ll just do…” It seems to be in the air a lot lately. Here are some of the ways I’ve heard it: “My sister-in-law’s brother is a photographer, I’ll just wait until the next time he’s in town and have him take some shots for me. “I know I need help with this, but I’m just going to see if I can do it myself first.” “Why don’t we just find someone who will volunteer to do the work.” “Why don’t you just hire her and see how it goes.” Ugh, ugh and double ugh! When we say “just” we are essentially saying we know there is something better available, but we are choosing not to try to attain it. We are letting ourselves off the hook and settling. Why, […]
“I have a dream…” This month marks the birthday of civil rights leader and activist, Martin Luther King Jr. We remember his life and his message of equality and non-violent protest. Now days his message is widely embraced and celebrated, however, during his lifetime King’s convictions caused extreme conflict ending, of course, in his murder. By the time King was killed, he had already received many death threats. In spite of the danger, he was not deterred. He knew there was a significant possibility he would not survive to see his dream through to fruition, and still, he kept on. How does one forge ahead in the face of such great and grave opposition?