Monday, July 22, 2013

That's not real

Out my airplane window
How damaging is the phrase, "that's not real [whateverthetopic]." Like, "that's not a real small town" or "that's not real work."

I was having a conversation about small towns. The other person said, "Retail isn't real economic development."

The more I think about that, the more it worries me. Who decides what's real? I'm thinking absolute statements of what qualifies as "real" crowd out the search for relative solutions.

I know I can only do one thing for small towns. I can help make more prosperous entrepreneurs, and then they can help the town with more resources to decide for themselves what's real.


  1. Beautifully written Becky. Speaks to the HEART from the SOUL.
    Here is to REAL Success and that is defined by the person themselves.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. It's also a good reminder for me to not make these pronouncements to others.