Keep strong emotions away from send buttons

I was very angry. And rightly so.

So I wrote a stinging email to my manager. When I finished writing, my fingers were cramped. Smoke came out of my ears. On the screen I saw my anger in all its glory.

Just when I wanted to press send, I hesitated.

I breathed in and I breathed out.

What would happen after sending this email?

I would be relieved. But also worried about what I had written. And probably misunderstood by my manager.

After a long pause, I took the email, crumpled it up and threw it in the digital wastebasket.

Since then, I have a simple rule to protect myself: Keep strong emotions away from Send buttons.

How to write honestly about Jesus

Jesus.

I’m a fan. Of Jesus. Not so much a fan of many things called “christian”.

So how can I write honestly about this man without disturbing non-christians and offending christians?

And how can I write honestly, without you reading and thinking: “Yeah, yeah, I see from a mile away that you are going to drag Jesus into this.”?

But also, how can I write honestly, when I actively avoid mentioning Jesus?

I don’t know the answers to these questions.

But what I do know, is that I have the freedom to write honestly. Also about Jesus.

And you have all the freedom to question my honesty, to be disturbed or to be offended. 🙂

When is the time to stop feeling sorry for yourself?

You get kicked down. Your face is in the dirt. You feel like shit.

And it’s totally fine to feel like shit for as long as you like. But some day, that only you know, you will realize that you have a choice.

Are you going to live your life on your face in the dirt, feeling sorry for yourself? Blaming this, that and the other?

Or are you going to get up, dust yourself off and see what you can do?

You will make this choice, and you will live with the results. So will I.