When I was a student of rhetoric (persuasion), we studied what Aristotle called ‘inventio’, finding topics. Today I didn’t have any trouble coming up with topics, but I don’t have enough energy to write 8 posts tonight. So here are 8 starts to posts without any of them being finished.
1. This morning at church I tossed a DVD to a friend. He picked it up gingerly. He assumed there was something valuable on the disk. There had been, but as of today it held old news. Lesson: sometimes valuable has an expiration date.
2. After I finished with that DVD, I picked up a fresh one. I realized that although the media itself only cost about 25 cents, with the right video recorded on it, it could become invaluable. Lesson: sometimes value is measured by what is added.
3. I’m cleaning out emails these days. Nancy said, “delete all the ones from me. Most of them are things like ‘what time are you coming home for dinner?'” I just smiled, realizing that the sheer number of those messages, simple in themselves, are the evidence of a deep caring relationship.
4. I drove by a fitness center today and noticed the sign: “Good health __arts here.” Obviously, ‘starts’ is what the word was supposed to be. However, I love the idea of a health center going beyond the physical workout into the arts. A post that talks about a wholistic view of life would be fun to write.
5. I walked into a credit union today to get change. The two tellers were yawning, waiting for customers. One said, “customers were coming in groves.” At least that’s what I heard. However, what he really said was “droves”-a more accurate sense of what the customers were doing. Lesson: old people lose hearing. Lesson two: don’t assume that people use words wrong.
6. In the same exchange, after the teller said what I heard as “groves”, the other teller said, “what?” He said “groves”, I said, “I think he means droves”, and he said, “that’s what I said.” Again she said “what?” She had no clue what even the right word meant. Lesson: people need vocabulary lessons.
7. There have to be about 16 posts about the interlock on a microwave not working and so your hand gets microwaved while you try to get the popcorn popper out of the oven. But my fingers are tingling so I don’t want to take the time.
8. I went to a concert this afternoon. I wandered all over the building trying to find wifi. After wasting 15 minutes on that project, I finally just sat down and did some editing on my ebook. Lesson: redeem the time you have for productive work rather than always wanting to be able to browse.
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