zeroable – able to be omitted from a sentence without any loss of meaning (Thanks again to the website phrontistery.)
I like this definition, as I’ve always liked spare, elegant writing a la Hemingway. Speaking metaphorically, aren’t most of us zeroable, at least in our professional lives? Most of us (small business owners and some CEOs excepted) are zeroable in the sense that if we quit, were terminated, or dropped dead, the organization would perhaps miss a beat or two, but then go right on functioning. It’s easy to get caught up into thinking we are irreplaceable in our jobs, but that’s rarely the case.
The solution to being zeroable should be two-fold:
1) Don’t ever take your work situation for granted, as you can be replaced.
2) Have a different place in your life where you are not zeroable. Most people are irreplaceable to their families and close friends. Make sure you cherish these relationships.
That’s it for the A to Z Challenge. Now, back to less regular, but hopefully less zeroable posts!