Word of the Week Wednesday 7/22/15

Hello and Hola,

Let me tell you readers, this week’s word is one that has been on my mind quite a bit. Although it is in English, it is definitely not one that we use on an everyday basis. So, this week’s word is:

Egregious (adj.)

This word was picked because of the multiple definitions it holds. Here they are:

1. Outstandingly bad, Shocking.

2. Remarkably good.

In this past week, I have had multiple experiences that have been quite shocking, or outstandingly bad, but without them, I would miss the remarkably good things as well.

Last week, I was feeling dizzy and faint all day on Friday, enough so that I could not make it to work that night. However, because I was in my apartment that night rather than at work, I was able to be a stable presence for a friend who had to go to the emergency room.

Early this week, I broke one of my back teeth, forcing me to go to the dentist. Although I received some pretty bad news about my teeth and the reality that I will soon need multiple root canals, I am happy to have found this now. Had I not broken my teeth, I would have no idea of the horrible state my teeth were in, and who knows how much longer they would have been decaying.

Though these were two very bad times this past week, I have had some remarkably good things happen to me as well! I got to go to a Rockies game for free, I went to the Denver Dragon Boat Festival, and I found out  that I will be working with Andy Grammer at my college this fall. These remarkably good things are easy to lose sight of when the bad things show up. However, I would like to think that life, in itself, is egregious.

Yes, life can be outstandingly bad, it can be shocking, but most of the time it can be remarkably good. And those times that are egregiously bad, well, just remember that they can be egregiously good as well.

Keep Shining,

Ashley

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