- for every time I hear like misused. The word like is a verb (I like spinach) and it is an adjective (dresses of like design). It can also be a preposition and a noun and an adverb. And--I'm rapidly losing faith in my Webster's Tenth--a conjunctive ("I'm like--give me a break"). It's because of this conjunctive usage that I think of misuse. But, probably, I'm totally wrong.
- for every time I hear "you know" injected into a sentence when there is no reason for it to show up--the pronouncement has nothing to do with my knowledge.
- for every time I hear "Perfect!" used inappropriately in response to something I've said. Example: "What is your address?" I say, "123 Main Street." Response: "Perfect." Really? Here's Webster's take on perfect: flawless; accurate; expert; pure; total; absolute; certain; sure, et al. Don't see how my address makes it into that realm.
Now for some other button-pushers:
- for every time I lose my cool because another driver puts my and his/her life in danger
- for every unkind thought I have about new neighbors who appear thoughtless or self-centered
- for every conclusion I've leapt to and later discovered I was out of line
Suppose we dig a little deeper. Here are some that might speak to you, as well as to me:
- for every time I pass by a person who asks for money--the bell-ringers at Christmas time come to mind
- for every time I don't give money, any amount, to a special appeal
- for every time I find a reason (or excuse) not to serve on a committee
- for every time I can't donate time to a good cause
After thinking about this topic and writing down some of my thoughts, I reread it. And guess what--the "wish I had a nickel" philosophy can easily perpetuate the negative.
Are there, I wondered, any good reasons for collecting nickels, even pretend ones? I think I found a few.
So here's my positive approach: I wish I had a nickel for . . .
- every time someone called to give me good news
- every time I got a "thinking of you" message, for no good reason, just because I was thought of (it could be a card, an email, a letter, or a phone call)
- every time someone did a little favor for me--a neighbor brought me produce from her garden last summer, another neighbor came over during the worst of our winter weather to ask if I was all right and if I needed anything; a friend offered to go to the store/pharmacy/post office for me if I didn't want to get out in the cold
May you be blessed as well.