Getting What We Deserve

A closer look at one word can make all the difference.

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood:

I’ve been on easy street all my life, and I have never felt I deserved it. But the other day, I examined the word “deserving.” I looked it up. (Side note: This is a fascinating practice. Look up words you think you know.)

Deserve: DE-SERVE. The prefix “de” often means “undo” or “do the opposite of.” As in…



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