Lately I’ve been thinking about the wisdom of writing about things that annoy me. (And believe me, there are a LOT of things that annoy me.) Generally, it is very easy to encourage provocation and controversy by blogging, because so many of us live to get offended and outraged over every little thing in life. Sometimes that’s good, because it can stir up a call to action or cause people to reconsider positions and beliefs they once thought were correct.
But at some point, it starts to turn into a grind. The same talking points get rehashed over and over and over again, and rather than moving onward and upward, there’s a growing sense that we’re all just spinning our wheels here.
Lately I’ve been reading the following verses: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8
It’s very hard to reconcile that with my proclivity to be easily angered by something I’ve read on the news, or on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and think, “OMG, WHAT A STUPID, STUPID IDIOT, I MUST IMMEDIATELY BLOG ON THIS AND EXPRESS MY SUPREME RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE AT THIS STUPID, STUPID IDIOT FOR BEING SO STUPENDOUSLY STUPID IN HIS/HER STUPIDITY!”
And indeed, the last few times I was tempted to blog were precisely for those reasons. If I never showed any restraint, my blog would just be this neverending stream of negativity on why the world sucks methane filled balls of epic fail. And yes, it may even be true more often than not, but eventually I have to ask myself: why cry over spilt milk? It is what it is, and ranting endlessly on a blog isn’t going to change anything.
There are times when I do need to vent, and I can see the wisdom in expressing an opinion on a topic, if for nothing else than just to get it out of my system. But once that laundry’s been aired, is there any sense in rehashing the same old things yet again? If this was all I ever did, when am I ever going to have time to think on those things that are good, pure, and lovely?
Granted, there are a lot more bad things in this life than there are good, but that’s all the more reason why we should make the extra effort to focus on the good. I’d like to see my blog become a source of personal development, where I chronicle the things I’ve learned and experienced to help me become a better man, shedding the old man (and the bitterness therein) and putting on the new man, one who learned to let go of the bad, and holds fast that which is good.