Flattened by Overuse

Wait–No, I don’t mean a squished-down pillow or rug.

I’m talking about overused words.

See, lately I’ve heard myself saying “I love…” about practically everything.

I love this song!
I love your dress!
I love that house!
I love pizza!

Oh, really?

The truth is, I love God, my husband, my family, and my friends. I love a variety of people in a variety of ways. My feelings toward any of the people in my life are not the same as my feelings toward any of the things I see or own.

By using “love” as a generic positive response to everything, I was trivializing my affection toward God and people. And in a sense, I was elevating that “stuff” to the same level as people.

But paradoxically, a generic “I love…” also blunts my appreciation of those little things I claim to love. I mean, it takes no thought to produce a habitual, go-to response. Why not be more specifically thankful for things?

So I’m working on being more accurate and specific…

Before: I love that song.
Now: I enjoy that song.
More specific: The vocal harmonies sound really good.

Before: I love your house!
Now: I admire your house.
More specific: The color scheme and furniture arrangement are calm and welcoming.

I don’t always itemize everything I like about something–at least, not out loud. That sort of overexplaining would just annoy people. But just being aware of what I enjoy about different things makes me appreciate them all the more.

Just some thoughts. I hope you “love” them.


Thanks for reading,

About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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7 Responses to Flattened by Overuse

  1. DONNA PRICE says:

    good reminder

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jeannine Johnson says:

    I need to be reminded of this, Thanks for your advice

    Liked by 1 person

  3. With me it’s the ‘well’ and the ‘anyway.’ Well, I’m not sure why I do it. Anyway, I’ll try to stop. Uhuh, the wells and the anyways get me every time.

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  4. Pingback: Flattened by Overuse, Part 2 | Joywriting: Everybody Has a Story

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