This week, I will probably not be posting much here, or anywhere. I have two brand spankin’ new coffee cup clients who I want to get substantial progress on this week. I have the imminent inlaw invasion which commences Saturday night. And I have a 3-5 page essay to write as part of the interview process for the copywriting job.
Last week, I didn’t write alot, but it wasn’t so much because I was busy (although I was) as it was because the squirrels ate my internet again.
Periodically, squirrels gnaw on the cabling beneath our house causing broadband outages. Last week we had one such outage, although it appears to be fixed now.
I also didn’t write last week because I was upset about something that perhaps two people who read here would even be interested in hearing about. I tried posting about it three different times, and each time I ended up feeling like I gave too much power to too small a thing.
So that’s the story behind my reticence of last week. A sticky personal situation, and squirrels eating my internet again.
However, I hate wasting anything, so I will draw a little object lesson out that is probably relevant for anybody reading here, including myself.
The more we try to hide the things we’re ashamed of or guilty about, the more we expose it. Think back to Adam and Eve in the garden. In trying to hide their shame with fig leaves, they exposed their real shame–the fact that they’d disobeyed God. The smart thing to have done would have been to keep walking around naked and hoping that God didn’t have an exact count of fruit on the Tree o’ Knowledge. It seems ridiculously obvious to an outsider that tailoring the verge would be a major tip off to God that they now knew something they didn’t know before. But neither Adam nor Eve could see it.
Our good friends Daniel and Angel have a son, Brandon, who was once playing by himself in his room, when suddenly, apropos of nothing, he yelled out through the door “I didn’t cut my sheets with scissors!!!” Which prompted an immediate search of his room revealing… wait for it… yup! His sheets had just been cut with scissors.
As much as both his parents and the rest of us might laugh at poor Brandon, many of us use his tactic of “deny before you’re even asked” when there’s something we don’t want getting out about us. But like Brandon, all that does is serve to put a giant neon sign over our heads saying “Look Here!”
The best way to deal with the stuff we’d rather not deal with, is just to deal with it.
Heck, forget about guilt and shame, that pretty much goes for anything in your life, across the board. Don’t want to deal with the dishes? Best way to deal with it is just do them RIGHT NOW. Then it’s over with and you don’t find yourself doing a dozen other things you may or may not even really want to do, just to avoid the dishes.
Well, I think I’ve effectively made up for my lack of prose from last week now. Have a happy Monday, y’all.