There are some days that I would just love to be able to have as “Do-Overs.” Yesterday was one. (There are some longer lengths of time – say April of 2004 to April of 2005, that I’d like to have as a do-over, but I digress.)
Yesterday, I engaged in two blog conversations that were profoundly unproductive (at least for me). On one, a blogger who I hold in high-esteem, responded to a comment of mine by saying that a five year old could understand the particular concept under discussion. (I had suggested that many people struggled with the concept.) I took offense, wrote him off-line expressing that offense and stating that I wouldn’t bother returning. (Did I mention that yesterday wasn’t a high point of maturity for me.) I received a quick response with profound apologies (I am smarter than a five year old in his estimation – the question of whether I’m smarter than a Fifth Grader never came up) and he removed his response to my comment from his post.
The other conversation appeared to have more in common with the Clintonian “it depends on what your definition of “is” is” than it did with sane discourse. And my determination to continue to attempt discourse in that situation has caused me to question my own sanity. (Note to Bill – if people choose to discredit the opinions of experts in a particular field, why do you think they’d listen to you?)
But it wasn’t just the blog conversations. I also found that I was ineffective in communicating period. What I was trying to say and what I was saying whether verbally or in writing seemed to have a cognitive disconnect. Even my body seemed disconnected. (I tripped going up stairs, I knocked popcorn over in a posh environment, I kept typing “I” for “a”, I spent an hour looking for my glasses when they were right under my nose…oh right, that part is normal.)
So I’m just wondering, can I have yesterday as a do-over…actually if it could begin around Sunday at 5, that would be great. (That was when I became aware of how completely awkward I’d become.) Anyone know how to make it happen. ‘Twould be greatly appreciated.