Almost

Where to start? I sat down in a race against the clock to blog a few thoughts running through my head on how today feels like an almost day to me. One of those moments when you feel like you almost reached the mark on so many things. As I was struggling to organize my thoughts, I decided maybe a definition or two might help, so I opened a new window to google the word. I started glossing over the page and then I hit the bottom link and stopped short. I think you’ll see why.
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Its link is purple because I HAD to click on that to see if it was really mine. It is! I’m down to 10 minutes to post this now and my mind is spinning in the oddity of seeing my own link come up on a search. Regardless of Google’s changes and internal patterns, seeing something of your own come up on a search page is pretty fun!

Almost: to nearly but not exactly achieve something. Do you ever have an almost day? A day when you reflect on how you’re almost at a new deadline, almost ready to take another step in a process or project? Or maybe just a reflection moment on how you almost reached a goal, expectation, etc.? I was having just this experience when I sat down to start this post; thinking on how we’re almost at the point of knowing what the future weeks and schedule bring regarding our upcoming move. How it’s almost time to pick up my son from school. How it was almost warm enough to enjoy being by the pool for an afternoon reading excursion.

I’m almost there in so many ways, and SO NOT in so many others. It’s a brain bender. So I’ll end this post with a quote that struck me with incredible impact the first time I saw it years ago in a commercial. The words were being spoken by the author and the reality of his words made a mark that EXACTLY hit the mark.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
~Michael Jordan

So here’s to the almost days, the many little failures that allow us to succeed. Here’s to success!

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3 comments on “Almost

  1. Wow, you ranked in the top ten for “almost.” That’s awesome – almost super awesome.

    Seeing your own stuff come up “out there” is pretty fun!

  2. How cool is that??

    O.K, so your previous post about getting hung up on words and now this one has ME hung up on “almost”. So….here’s my thoughts: Many years ago I belonged to a woman’s organization and at one convention I attended a conference with a motivational speaker. This woman talked about a word her grandmother used often, “belum”. She stated that it meant “not yet” but with the implication that “it was soon to be” or “it was a goal to be worked toward”.

    How important that distinction is!

    I find myself using “belum” instead of “almost”. I’ve always had the feeling that “almost” implied “not good enough” whereas “belum” finds me with more hope.

    Today, in order to post this comment, I wanted to find the language in which “belum” is used and was frustrated by 30 minutes of failure. I initially spelled it “bellum” because that’s how I heard it and I struggle with phonetics anyway. But after I opened my mind to other spelling possibilities I succeeded! It’s Malaysian/Indonesian. So there you go. Belum.

    How cool is that?! I think I have another favorite word. Belum!

  3. FYI: “Glossing Over” does not mean to read quickly. It means to describe something vaguely in order to deceive reader/listener, which I am sure is not what you meant.

    Hmmm. I beg to differ:
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/gloss+over
    gloss over
    vb (tr, adverb)
    1. to hide under a deceptively attractive surface or appearance
    2. to deal with (unpleasant facts) rapidly and cursorily, or to omit them altogether from an account of something

    See folks, THIS is why I always like to check the rug I’m standing on before calling attention to it. :)

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