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Of Computers and of Service

A Year of Being Kind blog – Monday, May 12, 2014

 

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Of Computers and of Service

Today was a computer day. I did a good deal of work on the computer, reading, writing and sending emails. I also read various articles and posts. Responded to several more, and communicated in various computer-ways.

I could talk about the interesting exchange of tweets I had today on Twitter, but the subject matter was rather esoteric. (I enjoyed it! But, I am not sure whether lots of other people would be too interested.) Instead, I want to mention a post I responded to. The blog is www.communicatingacrossbordersblog.wordpress.com – and Marilyn spent a good number of years outside of the United States, and this blog highlights that aspect of her life. (Life as a Third Culture Kid—TCK—or someone who’s neither this . . . nor that.) Robynn also contributes to this blog—another TCK.

Today’s post was From “Yes, but” to “But God” and Marilyn spoke of her experience living in New England. How people there often respond to bright, happy comments with, “Yes, but . . . “ She then followed that up with talking about her snappy comeback: “But God!” I was intrigued. My mind started whirring. (Of course it did.) I started typing a comment, and it became more than a comment. It turned into a post of its own! Except, a post for my other blog, www.matterorprayerblog.wordpress.com – The post is called “Prayer Lessons from Improv? Yup.”

I also typed a response to Marilyn’s article, which I posted before lunch. In it, I talked about how the “Yes, But . . . “ post had started me thinking about my two years in comedy improv. The example I gave: “. . . the saying, “Never ‘No, but . . .’ Always ‘Yes, and . . !’” If, in improv, I say “No, but . . . ” in a sketch, I’m putting on the breaks. The sketch runs out of gas, FAST! However, if I say “Yes, and . . . ” then the sketch gains momentum! It has the potential to go to further, greater heights.”

Lo and behold, Marilyn’s compatriot Robynn responded to my comment with, “I want to do improv in Chicago!” (Yup, Robynn. Improv was great. I enjoyed it!)

I so enjoyed giving Robynn some more information, in return. I talked more about the improv classes, but I finally brought it around to communicating in various ways, and specifically preaching. (I enjoy preaching, too—in case anyone couldn’t guess!)

I hope my computer-communication was of service today. I hope so. I pray so! Please, God, send me some good, worthwhile way to be of service tomorrow.

@chaplaineliza

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2 thoughts on “Of Computers and of Service

  1. I love this – I read the comment thread yesterday evening and for starters – here’s a fun connection. My daughter-in-law did improv in Chicago a couple of years ago! And she did it with IO! I love watching improv – it’s amazing to me and your descriptions make me want to hear more. The “Yes…and” is fascinating to me. Thanks for sharing more of this. I’d love you to think about doing a guest post for Communicating Across Boundaries.

    • Thanks so much, Marilyn! Yes, when I think of “Yes…and!” I can’t help but find myself feeling more positive inside. I loved doing improv, just wasn’t as good as some of my compatriots. Also, God had other things I was supposed to do. (Like go to seminary full-time while juggling two elementary school darlings, two high schoolers, and a husband.)

      I would love to talk/email about a guest post! I’ve done so many things in churches, both before and after seminary. I’m excited.

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