Recently I have been reminded of how it’s worth reviewing a term or phrase so that it doesn’t always trigger a negative connotation.
Take the word ‘judgment’. I am sure a number of people would literally like to do that. This is usually because of the bad rep the word has. Judgment – a decision – usually not a positive one. Yet judgment isn’t all bad. Decisions made that are fair and right are reason to celebrate the expression of justice again, especially when it corrects wrongs and let’s the innocent go free.
How about the word ‘argument’. That sounds bad doesn’t it – they had an argument suggests some sort of falling out. Suggests folks didn’t get along. Battle lines are drawn. It’s for one side to triumph over the other. Yet again though, it doesn’t have to be like that. Great collaborations have often thrived on passionate, intelligent, considered and emotional arguments. Stimulating greater thought in the other person, pushing each other to see wider consideration than before. That can result in greater harmony and fruitfulness in relationships. The iron sharpening iron encouragement insinuates friction in interaction. We’re all the sharper for it.
It’s good, then, to know that terms with initial doom and gloom on them can actually be invitations to greater living.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden