Today’s Word: ‘Million’ as in… James Holzhauer.
You might know that he’s been a contestant on America’s Favorite Quiz Show, Jeopardy. And lately he’s been, shall we say, on a bit of a run. In just over one month, Holzhauer has been running the board, collecting large amounts of cash, and chasing history. Apparently the role of his opponents has been to stand and watch. While some have called him a “machine” it’s obvious that he’s got a heart as well, sharing his earnings with children’s charities, Ronald McDonald Houses, museums and public libraries.
This, of course, raises a good question: What would you do with a million dollars?
Well, with a million dollars just about anyone could find a way to create the hope, cancel the debt, unleash the present, empower the weak, fulfill the dreams, sustain the weary, enjoy the moment, secure the future, honor the past or delight in the young. With a million dollars just about anyone could find a way to inspire the old, release the bound, feed the hungry, articulate the beauty, express the simple, paint the profound, welcome the prodigal, overwhelm the hate, multiply the love, or enjoy the moment. With a million dollars, just about anyone could find a way to soften the heart, heal the sick, welcome the stranger, invite the lonely, involve the periphery, lead the followers, follow the leaders, see the possibilities, believe the unbelievable, or bring order to the chaos. With a million dollars, just about anyone could find a way to renew the used, use the renewed, chart new waters, see the sights, help the helpless, fix the broken, make the grade, set the course, act on a hunch, or lighten the load. With a million dollars, just about anyone could find a way to brighten the darkness, return the favor, launch the idea, find the cure, settle the difference, spark the interest, ignite the fire, begin the momentum not only make a difference in the world, but make a different world altogether.
That said, if we can do all of this without a million, then we’re all winners.