Several phrases have guided my decision making through the years. One of them is:
"Just because I CAN doesn't mean I SHOULD!"
Just because I can jump off this roof doesn't mean I should!
Just because I can give you all the information doesn't mean I should!
Just because I can squeeze into spandex leggings does not mean I should!
Well, you get the idea.
I'm aware that lately my writing has been sparse - it truly feels like I just now decided to go to El Salvador. But we've gone; worked hard; been back for almost a month and life has rolled on. Very Quickly!
Noah hits six weeks today!
At any rate, it felt very important to share this one thought with someone today. "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
Freedom is one side of a coin. Responsibility backs it. The two together create balance.
I've wanted to write a post for some time now about a phrase I've come to dislike.
I usually hear it coming from women who've bid farewell to their twenties and find themselves frustrated about something. It sounds like this:
"Well, I've come to the age now that I just don't care what anyone thinks! I just say it; whether they like it or not!"
Again, may I say? "Just because I can doesn't mean I should!"
With age should come some additional - Wisdom. Grace. Patience. Discernment. Understanding. Compassion.
I'd much rather hear someone say: "Well, I've come to the age that I realize we all have a story! Life has felt like a steam roller for many. When I think of something that may encourage someone, I just say it; whether they asked for it or not."
Another writer I enjoy reading said, "I consider others more important than myself; for the purpose of encouraging them."
That's my thought, anyway.
And fear not! The only spandex I own is of the foundational variety. It serves to squish, squeeze and hopefully smooth. But it will NEVER see the light of day outside my dressing area!
Whoa! Mercy goodness, NO!