I have noticed a trend lately and it involves the insertion of a phrase before what we do to pay the bills each month. It isn't an important phrase and it really doesn't have any right to be inserted in the first place, but it is just the same, now-a-days. The unimportant phrase I am referring to is the phrase 'justa'. Think back to a time when either you or another inserted the phrase before stating your title or profession, such as "I'm 'justa' stay at home mom", or "I'm 'justa' furniture mover".
This phenomenon has lead me to wonder how many years of higher education it would take for one to be fortunate enough to have a profession or title that didn't follow the phrase 'justa'. I also wonder, while on
the subject, if professional criminals have to follow the same unwritten rules, as we do. I mean do they have to say, no sir, I'm 'justa' get-away driver? What about, 'justa' jewelry thief and 'justa' bank robber? Or is this just a silly phenomenon not worth mention?
If we study the whole silly phenomenon just a bit, I think we will find that the whole phrase insertion process is a product of egotism? Some so-called, superior "other' person, sometime referred to collectively as "them', told us that we must insert the phrase under penalty of something, because 'they' were better than us because we had, only a low level job. While on studying, I did wonder if I would find that the insertion process was nothing more than a product of our own low self esteem, therefore self inflicted or justly due to
another's egotism, and/or a combination of both. The fact that certain higher paying professions are exempt from having to insert simply re-enforces this point. However, this isn't carved into stone and seems to be as full of special conditions as the original insertion unwritten rules.
After wrestling with all the unwritten customary insertion policies and rules of use, I was left wondering; if a cancer doctor would introduced himself as 'justa' doctor of medicine, would anyone allow him to operate? I have also wondered on Sunday mornings lately, if I would still be in the pew if the minister introduced himself as 'justa' minister. What about 'justa' police officer on a poorly lit side street at two in the morning? Would I allow 'justa' fireman to carry me down the ladder away from a burning building. Lastly, I've wondered how many strong healthy young men and women would follow the orders of 'justa' president!
You see, the more I unraveled the unwritten rules and conditions for the phrase insertion I realized that it was all silly rubbish and truly needed to be done away with! It was simply nothing more than a product of our own low self-esteem. How many times have we conditioned the ears of our children to such foolishness by saying I am 'justa' car salesman or 'justa' home school mom? As silly as it sounds, it is even more silly for us to use the phrase insertion in the first place. Now if someone, who thought a bit more of themselves than they should have, gave us the phrase and all the insertion rules, I say give it back! We don't need the phrase and we surely won't miss it. We can and will live very well without its silly nonsense.
There are no 'justa' anyone's. If you replace the phrase with a more fitting, and descriptive word, such as lowly, unimportant, or ineffective. Then one would be forced to stop and remove the inserted phrase all together, because we now would be entering the 'political correctness' arena and we don't want to go in there! In the process of removing the inserted phrase 'justa', we all became more important and needed once again, worthy of love and friendship! It's like everyone all of a sudden just received a promotion by throwing out the inserted 'justa' phrase! Now we can once again be proud of 'a honest days work'!
Theresa Twogood is Executive Director of OLIN e-Publishing Company- http://olin.tk -Denver Colorado.
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