It occurred to me the other day that I have been saying things like, “I just stay at home now.” “I just made chicken for dinner.” “I just ran twice this week.” “I just skied the easy terrain.” “I just read one chapter.” “I just cleaned the house today.” “I just took the kids to school.” “I just wrote one blog post.” “I just hiked one trail this week.” “I just texted one person to check in.” “I just taught elementary and middle school ESL.”
You get it. I could go on. Honestly though, “just” staying at home means more than sitting at my new home. “Just” taking the kids to school and cleaning our home means my kids and family are taken care of. All of the “just” statements in my life encompass more than what meets the eye. When I say I “just” do something, I imply that I should do more, be more; I open the door for comparison. Comparison is the thief of joy.
It’s time I start being ok with the “justs” in my life. It’s time to be proud of some of those “justs”. My “just” list is particular to me and this season. It will change. It won’t look like anyone else’s and that is “just fine” by me.