Linda G. Hill

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SoCS – A “But” Rant and a Thank You


There are times when I just can’t stand hearing people say “but.” I do it myself sometimes and I hate it when I do it too. I suppose that’s why I hate it – they say the things we dislike in other people are the things we dislike about ourselves – that’s one time it fits to a tee.

“I want to go on vacation, but…” This is the one I hear most often that bothers me. Is there really any good time to go on vacation? There will always be something more important to do than taking time for ourselves. There will never be enough money to go. There will never be enough time. So do it! Stop saying “but”! Either that or stop saying you want to go!

Wow, there was a rant I wasn’t expecting.

A bit of this time I’m taking to write this post should be used to mention that the participation today, and in the last couple of weeks has been awesome! My promise to read and comment on each and every SoCS post is taking longer and longer to do, so I apologize if it’s next Friday by the time I get to your post, but I will get there. I hope there will not be a time when I can’t read everything, but at the same time I hope this prompt will spread further and wider so that many bloggers will have the opportunity to participate and, most of all, connect.

So, thank you!! To all who read the SoCS posts linked in the Friday prompt, to all of those who are part of this wonderful WordPress network, and most of all, to all of you who join me in Stream of Consciousness Saturday!

Badge by: Doobster at Mindful Digressions

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35 thoughts on “SoCS – A “But” Rant and a Thank You

  1. I had an elementary school teacher who told us that there is not an animal called a “yeah-but.” She said it isn’t at all like a “Rab-bit” and that “yeah-but” was not a word at all, at least not in her class! πŸ˜‰


  2. I wonder what would happen if we had to remove but from our vocabulary, even for a week. Or if buts weren’t butt-ish BUT only allowed to uplift and inspire. πŸ™‚


  3. But, I like listing my excuses πŸ˜› Heh.
    Buts don’t bother me, but negativity does, so it’s best to say, “One day I will get the vacation I’ve long desired.” (My-two-cents-Sunday)


  4. When I first started learning about unschooling, I needed to shift many ideas I’d held, and one of the best ways to do that is through shifting language.

    That ‘but’ had to go!

    I read somewhere to try shifting it to ‘and’.


    “I want to go on vacation, AND I’m not sure where I’ll find the time and money to do it.”

    What happens is that ‘but’ eliminates…it’s the excuse not to be imaginative.

    And, though, gets me focused on possibility. It says, “Here’s what’s in the way of what I want – now, how can we work around this?”

    I loved your rant, and I love SoCS!

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  5. I know how you feel. There are certain words that can set us into motion.


  6. I rant and rave quite a bit, it really helps me to get stuff off my chest, probably bores everyone else-BUT-I don’t care. Or I should say, AND I don’t care lol!


  7. I love SOCS — no “buts” about it! πŸ™‚


  8. The fact that it takes longer makes me excited that there are so many others!


  9. Good point. I hate but, but I use it too opten.


  10. I’m with John on this one. Use “and” instead of “but”. I once read that whenever you use “but”in a sentence you negate everything before it. And it is surprising when you talk with people how defensive a “but” makes most people. And “but” seems, as John says, to close down a discussion (puts up inarguable walls) while “and” opens the discussion. Bang on.


  11. Rant on but! First time I’ve heard one on that. I getcha on the but… . Vacation is something we all need and must take even if it’s to ancie motel with a swimming pool in your own town. that’s what my mom and dad used to do when they couldn’t afford a big vacation. Good points, Linda.


  12. Ah too much participation. Not a bad problem to have. πŸ™‚


  13. Good to get it off your chest!


  14. Like you, I can’t stand the word but. There’s always going to be an excuse, so just do it. That’s what I say. Also, thank YOU for the prompts. They are always fun!


  15. I read an article recently that said, rather than using “but,” use “and.” It expands the discussion. “I’d like to go on vacation, and I don’t have enough money” opens a set of possibilities: how can I get more money? I can’t afford to go on the vacation I want; I should think about doing a vacation I can afford. Etc.


  16. Nothing wrong with a feisty bit of rant, Linda – clears the tubes, I always say!


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