Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not taking ourselves seriously (part 1)

Hopefully this will be my last posting regarding the Emergent kerfuffle (dang, I love that word). Can I say it again? Kerfuffle. But, I never leave anything alone, even if I have been warned (hence, the scars).

However, here are some things we can all do, so we take ourselves, our opinions, our views, our affiliations and our loyalties a little less seriously.

Over the next few days I will offer my pastoral, fatherly and counseling advice to all readers, hoping to help themselves take themselves a little less seriously. This is for everyone everywhere at all times, not just Emerging Christians.

1. First of all... Lighten Up. Seriously. Someone is always smarter than you are.

2. Watch Stand Up Comedy. I recommend comedians that a) make fun of anything you consider sacrosanct and b) those that are particularly bizarre. One of the funniest, who is also bizarre and makes people uncomfortable is Daniel Tosh, the son of a Florida pastor (not for the very easily offended). Watch as much comedy as you do preaching (and more comedy than you watch or listen to talk radio or "news").


3. Drink Beer... with people.

4. Drink less Coffee, especially before commenting on blogs.

5. Draw on your face with magic markers (or allow kids to). Then go look in the mirror at how preposterous you look (note: make sure they are erasable).

6. Remember, unless you are involved with Iranian Elections or something like that, what you are part of and what you talk about, especially online, is not life and death and ultimately not THAT important.

4 comments:

g13 said...

"drink beer...with people" and "draw on your face with magic markers" serves as a pretty good summary of my university experience.

K. Paris said...

"Hopefully this will be my last posting regarding the Emergent kerfuffle (dang, I love that word). Can I say it again? Kerfuffle."

I'm a huge fan of the word "bruhaha" myself, but I just might have to use "kerfuffle" every once in a while.

Rick said...

Bruhaha may be superior to kerfuffle. I too, need to expand my vocab.

I take it you like the word Hootenany.

K. Paris said...

Oh yeah. Hootenany is a very good word.

I'm known to use the word "discombobulated" at work quite regularly. It described my mental state well, most of the time.