Sit Down Comedy … April 3rd, 2020

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Sit Down Comedy

Eunice Buell was a Sunday School teacher for the junior high class at my church. Somewhere deep in her heart, I think Mrs. Buell liked me very much—maybe even found me entertaining.

But every once in a while, I sent her into a near-saintly tirade over some of my comments. She called them crude, unwarranted, hurtful, offending—and once even went so far as to say “vulgar.”

When I said something she did not approve of, she often turned to me (while simultaneously gesturing to the whole class) and said:

“Think before you speak. That’s what separates us from the animals.”

I didn’t have the heart to correct her and say, “Animals don’t speak.”

She expected us all to understand.

We did.

And we still do. There is no place you can go where “think before you speak” would not be considered a holy axiom, possibly even found somewhere in the Bible.

Because of this, we now have politicians who polish their lingo, scrubbing it of all possibility of controversy, while inserting enough lying to make sure the proclamation has some heft.

Our religionists require blind devotion from all followers, lest someone stand up and suggest that there are contradictions, or at least confusions, dwelling in the Holy of Holies.

Our corporations and businesses hire lawyers to develop statements placed at the bottom of the product in small print to protect the stockholders and investors against all liability.

And relationships—oh, dear God—relationships are riddled with a series of phrases used to manipulate one party into performing “your will”–without ever noticing that they’re sacrificing their individuality.

It spawns from the notion that humans are capable of perfecting themselves.

We aren’t.

The theory is permitted to exist so we can maintain our arrogance. But it is the emotions in our lives that need to be spoken, even though they are often raw and uneducated.

They are the real we feel.

Certainly, these thoughts fester with frustration and can frequently be proven wrong.  But when we are the only ones correcting the language in our brains, we close the door to greater revelation being afforded us through discussion.

So without trying to cast myself in the role of renegade, I challenge each and every one of us to:

Speak before we think.

And since we know it comes out as raw ore—not gold—after we speak, we should be quiet.

Listen. Register the reactions. Ponder the possible contradictions.

Then we must do something that makes the human race truly unique:

Change our minds.

As a species, we are worthless to one another and an enemy of the Earth when we are incapable of recanting our initial feelings and replacing them with common sense.

Because once we change our minds, we can speak again.

And those who know us realize that we are not only sharing the truth with them as we feel it in the moment, but we have also alerted ourselves to gain new insight—and then verbalize our fresh discovery.

Thinking before you speak turns you into a self-editor.

No good writer should ever trust himself to be the sole editor.

Speaking before you think presents the emotion and heart which very well may be overwrought or even wrong.

Yet it provides the opportunity to inform those around you that you are fully aware of your imperfection—and prepared to be a student of the planet we share.

 

3 Things … April 2nd, 2020

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That Happen Right Before Joy Appears

 

 1. I refuse to tolerate sadness for one more thought.

 

2. I realize I am in control of all things “me.”

 

3. I ignore the obstacles constructed by the competition.

 

3 Things … March 26th, 2020

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We Should Learn from Difficulty

 

 1. The problems are never personal

 

2. But the solutions need to be

 

3.  And the gratitude—gloriously creative

 

3 Things … March 19th, 2020

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Your Life Story Should Tell

1. A great title that hints at the content, with its twists and turns, without giving away the whole plot line

 

2.  The protagonist has weaknesses which he or she gently but boldly shares and is willing to change.

 

3.  Many characters—some adversarial—but an absence of real enemies.

 

3 Things … March 12th, 2020

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That Make Good Government

 

1. The people came up with it on their own

 

2. All the people benefit from it directly

 

3. The people are encouraged and also rewarded for being inclusive and interactive with one another

1 Thing That Would Make It Easier to Get Along with Each Other

Weakness

Unfortunately, we all seem to be terrified with the freakishness of meekness that seems to rob us of uniqueness.

So to remain strong, we will cry, try and even lie.

So what does this mean? “When you are weak you are strong.”

What is this devilish double-talk?

We are much more transparent than we wish were true.

In other words, people are already suspicious that we have weakness.

  • Attempts to cover it up become comical.
  • Efforts to deny it make us appear to be carnival fools.

You are weak. If you know this, it becomes your strength.

Why? Because you can be in charge of letting others understand your emerging nature. But if you insist on being strong when there’s an obvious weakness, not only will it be found, but those around you will work very hard to uncover and expose it—so they, themselves, can disguise their own weakness.

So do you want to make it easier, or do you demand on it continuing to be hard?

What should I do with my weakness?

  1. Admit it.
  2. Work with it.
  3. Rejoice in it.

I am weak, but even though I have a weakness, it has not stopped me. By continuing through that weakness, I have done things I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to get finished, so I am grateful.

Are you weak too? Do you have a weakness?

Are you able to speak it aloud, or must it be exploited in the town square and ridiculed?

Weakness is what makes us strong if we admit it, work with it and rejoice in it.

 

 

3 Things … March 5th, 2020

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That Make Life Feel Brand Spankin’ New

1. Deciding to give up on a really bad idea.

 

2. Telling the truth before you’re caught in a lie.

 

3. Marching out of a room filled with gossipers.

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