I am so glad Shelly took the time to put me thoughts back into the right place. It really got me to thinking about my perspective on my own running. If Joe Bob told me he ran a mile I would say "great job" but if I ran a mile I think "oh my, I only ran just a mile". What is it with that word just? If you think about it, just really isn't such a great word. Do you ever use the word just to mean awesome?
Let's take a moment to see just how the word just is used.
A child wants a cookie. Sure, but just a little. Never do you hear, yes, but just a lot of cookies.
A kid wants to go the the park. Yes we can go but we can only stay just a little bit. Never do you hear, of course, but we can just stay a long time.
You work in a position fulfilling orders and report we just got a few orders today. Never do you report, we just got a lot of orders today.
I do realize being just a little sick or just a little tired or just a little late may seem better than sick, tired, or late but you really are still sick, tired, or late. And I really don't have a problem with just here but wonder why I use it so much in other ways that are really only hurting me.
I ran just a mile today. What? A mile isn't good enough? Why not be proud of that mile? And if I really need to hang on to the word just in my vocabulary, why not say I just ran a mile?
The first mile is as good as mile 26.2. The first day is as good as the 100th day. Every step counts, every step is a gift, every step should be loved.
Today I am grateful for:
- Blog comments that make me realize I am being too hard on myself or not truly recognizing the good I do
- A nice sip of red wine
- Tomatoes....really, I could never have enough!
- Being able to make cookies later today with darling daughter!!!