The Sentiment of Sometimes

The opposite of “always” is often thought to be “never”. This is true but we often forget that there may be more than one opposite for the words we like to use. Sometimes is just as much an opposite of always as never is, but it may be a much more dangerous opposite. This is because when we know that we should always do something but never do it, we usually acknowledge the need to improve. However, when we can say that we “sometimes” do whatever it is that we know we should, we fall into a false sense of security that it’s better than never doing it…even if it’s just as opposite as always. Always requires a commitment that doesn’t find comfort in the false sense of progress that sometimes provides.

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