If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t post. Just step away from the computer. Never just put something up for the sake of publishing.
I mean, I hear what they’re saying – which is basically, ‘Don’t post crap.’ But my response to that is this: Figure out a way to post something good. Work harder.
Every once in a while? Fine – skip a post. But, as a mantra? As a go-to M.O.? I’m not into it. That’s not what we’re here for.
Terry Starbucker wrote a fantastic post the other day – about leadership and optimism (which are the things he writes about) – called, The 7 Most Important Words Any Leader Can Hear (or Say). And they are:
“I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”
As Terry tells the story, one of his bosses, a long time ago, told him that it’s not a crime not to know. But it is a crime to use this ‘not knowing’ as an excuse to walk away and give up. Really – where is that going to get you?
This weekend, hard as I tried, I had a few hours where I couldn’t find anything good. (Okay, there were a couple of good things, but they were miles and miles away.) And the impulse was there, you know? To stop ‘posting’ as it were. And, I did, for the tiniest of whiles (when no one was looking), and then? I tried harder. I started looking around, I looked out into the insanely cosmic (blogging and live) community that I’m blessed to be part of. I met a colleague for coffee and heard her enthusiasm for an idea born from what should have been debilitating circumstances, I saw Terry’s post, I started to envision some of my own.
I didn’t know. I really didn’t. But, I set off to find out. And that was all it took.
The mere intention to reach up, lifted me out.
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