Let me begin this by saying…I’m not joking.
I have a problem. I write like a blogger…All. Of. The. Time. No kidding. I’m serious. Christmas cards, work notes, e-mails, text messages and even Valentine’s cards. This isn’t good.
I’ve talked about this a little before, and I will again. I was picked on as a kid (and still some) I’m short…and over-weight, always have been. An easy target. Because of this I have a couple of different defense mechanisms.
- Self deprecation
These things are most often combined. I think I equate getting nervous with being picked on. So now, when I feel nervous – despite the fact that I may not be getting picked on – I still go on the defense. I may be wrong though.
The good thing is I don’t get as nervous as I used to. The bad thing is, when I used to get nervous I would drink – now when I get nervous I write. This is good if I happen to be writing a blog post, but that isn’t always the case. No one wants to see a Christmas Card that says “Hey, if Grandma got run over by a Reindeer…doesn’t that mean we won’t get any of those great cookies she used to make?” or a Work e-mail that says “You know the saying – The darkest hour is just before the dawn? – I wonder if that works for other things like – Your tummy is the hungriest just before the deuce.” You see, both of those look alright on your screen now…on a Brother Jon page, but not so much in other places. It’s had to show sincerity if all you ever do is joke around.
I need to learn how to turn off the “Blogging Mentality” when I’m doing other things. This is why so many people keep notebooks I suppose. I do too, but I guess I’m doing it wrong.
Note to self: If you think of something and your first instinct is Hey, this could be good blog material – save it for the blog. Don’t share it in any other form of written or typed expression. It’s easier to say…But, that was on the Blog…then to say…But, I write like a blogger. Every single thing we do is a choice. It’s better to Choose the Right (Write).
1. Choose the right when a choice is placed before you.
In the right the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o’er you,
When in the right your heart confides.
Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.
2. Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression
Overcome you in the evil hour.
There’s the right and the wrong to ev’ry question;
Be safe thru inspiration’s pow’r.
3. Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing.
Choose the right! There’s safety for the soul.
Choose the right in all labors you’re pursuing;
Let God and heaven be your goal.
Words by Joseph L. Townsend