“I’m Just Putting This Out There”

The more I hear myself say that, the less I know I’m owning my ideas. Like most verb clauses prefaced by “just,” this one wants to do something without seeming to want to too strongly (my last favorite such clause is, “I’m Just Saying“).

Sometimes I’m so afraid of being perceived as pushy that I’ll soft pedal an idea I care about. “I’m just putting this out there” allows me to share the idea, but it shifts the responsibility for caring about it to some other person or group. And if my lukewarm presentation fails to win any support, well, that’s on them. I tried.

No I didn’t.

Nothing is more likely to make me care about something than seeing that you do. Don’t just put something out there for it to die for lack of nurture. Present it with care, and guide it into my consciousness so I can see it the way you do.

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