Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1 a. failing to reach an acceptable standard. 1 b. unfavorable. 2 a. morally objectionable. 2 b. mischievous, disobedient. 3. inadequate or unsuited to a purpose. 4. disagreeable, unpleasant.
Bad in a sentence: When something is bad, it isn’t welcome by a person.
Bad in action: If a situation or person is not favored or unwanted because they are considered inadequate or unpleasant, bad can be what’s attributed to that situation or person.
Bad and inner growth: The bad things or people that come into our life bring about an internal struggle, which is what allows inner growth to take place since from that struggle arises our search for a solution and also an internal exploration to find peace with that bad thing or person from within (us).
Bad and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my definition of something bad? How have bad things or qualities affected my life? What are some bad things that I learned from? Who have I met that I thought had bad qualities, but that turned out to be a positive relationship? What types of bad qualities do I see in humanity? Do I see those same qualities in me? Something bad that happened in a meaningful relationship that I learned from?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with bad at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From the list pick the three words that stand out the most. For each word think of a bad situation or person and using the other words from the first list, expand on each situation or person and why they left such an impression on you.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about bad and allow them to flow throughout your body. As you do this, hone in on the emotion that stands out the most. Alongside this focus and feeling, place a positive feeling, one of compassion and see how that affects what you are feeling in that moment.
Your turn – Share your bad sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂