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The Words Passion and Enough are like Nails on a Chalkboard

Being an entrepreneur and Christian, I feel like I may be exposed to these words more than the average suburban wife and Mom living in a small town that was voted one of the best places to raise your kid in America all while bringing them to Cub Scouts and the latest movie release. Many times we have developed our own definition for a word. Most of the time it doesn’t really matter. Like when someone says “Pop” instead of “Soda” or “Sprinkles” instead of “Jimmies” Unfortunately, two of the words that irk me the most seem to be huge buzz words in my community for the last year. Passion and Enough.

Why I hate the words Passion and Enough with MomComplicated.com Passion:  A strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
Source: Merriam-Webster  

My definition: Something that consumes your interests, that you could not walk away from.

To me the word passion sounds selfish. I’m not saying that I am correct, I am just stating the facts here. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “find your passion”, “what is your passion?” It’s even worse if you are face to face with the person. They get all zen on you and with a look on their face as if they are asking how old you are, then they fire the all ending question. “Well, what are you passionate about?” They politely wait for your answer. All while staring at you. (Okay, they are not staring they are just taking part in a conversation and are waiting for a response while actively listening, BUT it feels like staring. To me. No offense.) So now I feel inadequate about not being able to answer right away. All the while, my heart beat is thumping in my ears and time has slowed down. What consumes my every thought? What could I not walk away from? … that is also a job? Um… I probably look pretty stupid at this point. Then I spit something out that is probably not a passion.

Here are the issues I have with this word. Outside of my family, I could probably drop everything. I feel like I am supposed to be able to answer it as quickly as what my age is. The thought of doing anything everyday for the rest of my life terrifies me. And again, it feels selfish. What is YOUR passion? What do YOU want to do?

For me, replacing the word passion with calling has helped. What is your calling? What are you called to do? Our talents usually align with our calling.

Do not dismiss your talents, they may not seem very significant to you, but to someone else they could change the world.

Enough: : equal to what is needed
Source: Merriam-Webster

My definition: Too much. Containing a negative connotation IE: The mom yelled ENOUGH to all the noise in the house.

It is just trendy to say, “you are enough” or has this been around for a while? It is like nails on a chalkboard when I hear this. It’s said like this is going to solve all the problems in the world and I just… can… not… I completely realize that my version of these two words are not exactly on par to the actual real definitions, but that would probably be WHY they make me crazy.

So when someone says: 
I hear:

“This is good enough”
“It doesn’t meet standards, but we are quitting”

“You are good enough” 
“You totally missed the mark”

 

I don’t have a replacement word for enough, if you do I would LOVE to hear what it could be. Do you have words that should be harmless or even inspiring that just make you nuts? I would love to heard about them. I’m not alone here right?!

 

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2 Responses to The Words Passion and Enough are like Nails on a Chalkboard

  1. So I guess my #goodenoughmom hashtags makes you want to stab your eyes out, huh? LOL 🙂

    • Nikol Murphy at #

      Ha ha Charity,
      Um… a little bit. 😀

      It’s really the use of making people feel good about themselves that makes me want to scream.

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