I donâ€™t text. And I am never going to text. I have several good reasons why I donâ€™t too. Communication is important to me and I do enjoy a little high technology. But I am deciding to call it quits there.
I have come up with ten reasons I will never text:
1. Everyone else does. I am just an individual enough to look for things that other people do that I will never do. This is one of them. I have a friend who has never eaten a McDonaldâ€™s hamburger. He said he was never going to use a computer but he discovered it could make him money and he got one. I admire him for how long he held out though.
2. I already have to answer hours of emails per week. I just donâ€™t have time for too many more voices coming into my world.
3.I do Facebook. Facebook used to be cool. Itâ€™s not anymore. There are 15 million of us on the thing. And now guys have figured out how to turn it into a contact list for business. My book agent suggested I get all the names I could so I could broadcast my next book. But by the time I am done with Facebook I really donâ€™t want one more interruption.
4 .My thumbs are too big to handle the keys that fast. I also broke one of my thumbs in a biking accident and itâ€™s never been the same.
5. I still like to pick up on peopleâ€™s tone. I write terrible emails. I sound like a cranky old jerk that is mad at you. I donâ€™t tend to write outside the group I know well. If I know you slightly you get three lines before I blow my cover. I am much more charming on the phone and even more so in person.
6. I am too busy to learn a whole new language. I looked at my wifeâ€™s text from her son the other day and couldnâ€™t understand half of what they were saying.
7. I would like to never talk on a phone, a computer let alone text. If I could get away from all these connections and just pay someone to pretend they were me I would be happy.
8. I want to learn Twitter. I donâ€™t know completely what it is but it sounds great. It seems like something you have more control over compared to texting.
9.I want to be cool. I mean cool in the modern sense of the word. The kind of cool that is found in not being cool. It just feels cool to say I donâ€™t text. It also seems so elusive these days as to be romantic.
10. I say too many things I regret. Why would I want another record of what a twit I can be? I need to time to think about what I am saying. One of the best features on my Blackberry is the ability to see who is calling. If I know itâ€™s going to require some thinking on my feet I can answer it later. You canâ€™t do that with texting.
Actually I have an eleventh reason. I just donâ€™t want to. You just have to say no to something in our technological world. You just have to assert yourself and say forget it.
I signed up for Facebook when it was semi-cool and it has been a part time job ever since. People I had not heard of in 40 years found me. I have met an awful lot of people in my life and worked closely with hundreds. Itâ€™s hard to say no to a Face on Facebook.
I have room for one more thing I think and itâ€™s a toss up between Twitter and Texting. Twitter is winning. But I probably wonâ€™t even do that. Technology is kind of like buying a new computer you know three months after you buy it will be 20% less and come in four new colors. Thatâ€™s why I like the idea of buying a key unit that hooks up to someone elseâ€™s hard drive and they can keep improving there end and Iâ€™ll use my sending keyboard for years.
This is a case where there is some spiritual application. You just have to say no sometimes to stay healthy and on track. I think one of the most important life skills to learn is the practice of setting boundaries and saying no.
Someone asked me to lunch this week. I donâ€™t know them. They seem somewhat odd. And I didnâ€™t want to spend any time with them. I am a pastor and I am supposed to do that kind of thing. I started to say I was busy but the truth was I had no lunch appointments that week. So, I breathed deep and said, â€œSorry I am filling my week up with God time.â€ It was true. I know the gentleman was offended. But I have sat through enough lunches with people I should have never spent time with in my life to be afforded a no in this case.
I was also asked to preach on the East Coast. I am leading a great church in Idaho and decided when I took the helm that my speaking in churches ministry was done. Thatâ€™s it over and done. But the call was from a very intriguing church. I wanted to say yes so badly. But I have an appointment with no already determined unless I get another direction, which I havenâ€™t. It felt tremendous to say no in spite of my peaked curiosity.
So donâ€™t bother texting me. I wonâ€™t hear it. I wonâ€™t answer it. I donâ€™t even care for it.You can email me if you like. My blog gives the address. Just donâ€™t ask for anything too taxing. And for sure donâ€™t ask me a consultation question, it will cost you. Then again you can find me on Facebook for now and I canâ€™t say no.