I wonder where that phrase came from. “Better than nothing.” Do you suppose it was someone who really really wanted something badly, but came home with a consolation prize? Do you suppose it was someone who wanted a goodnight kiss and only got a hug? Or maybe it was someone who was in a contest and came home a runner-up. Perhaps it was someone who went to a show and had the time wrong, so they only saw the last 5 minutes. Or a guy who asked a girl for her phone number, but she gave him this:
I went to the gym this morning at 6:15am. I did 20 minutes on one machine and decided I wanted to give the stair machines a go. It was tough. I didn’t know how to use the machine – it didn’t have a clear cut easy way to program a workout like the ellipticals I’m used to. I’m sure I looked like a fool trying to get it going fast enough. (Thank goodness the machines are in the very back of the room.) After about 7 or 8 minutes I decided I couldn’t do anymore, so I hopped down and went upstairs to do a few of the machines.
The gym wasn’t crowded, but the specific machines I wanted to use were occupied, and since I needed to get home so my husband could get to work, I didn’t get in quite the workout I’d hoped for. But, I did some, I told him when I got back, “and that’s better than nothing.”
I suppose it depends on what we’re talking about.
Some exercise IS better than nothing, sure.
Some cake IS better than nothing.
A GOOD 5 minute conversation with someone you love and/or miss IS better than nothing.
Going to a sale and buying one thing is better than finding nothing.
A tiny sip of a really good wine IS better than nothing.
Losing 5 lbs (instead of 10) IS better than nothing.
Going to a movie theater and paying for a movie that ends up being horrible is NOT better than nothing.
Getting a bad gift from someone that you couldn’t possibly use is NOT better than nothing.
Going on a hike and getting poison ivy is NOT better than nothing.
Having your significant other break up with you on your anniversary is NOT better than nothing.
So, I suppose it depends on what it is you’re talking about.
Do you use that phrase? Do you think something is always (or usually better than nothing)? Give me an example of something that is definitely NOT better than nothing. 🙂