Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

The Approved List

Certain items are on the Approved List: Happy and Bashful. Others are on the Discouraged List: Grumpy and Dopey. Some are in-between: Sneezy and Sleepy. (What about Doc?)

As much as I aim to stick to the Approved List, sometimes I venture into the realm of the Discouraged List. When I notice this happening, I usually try to brush those items aside, but often this just pushes them into the Discouraged Bucket, which eventually overflows, soaking me and whomever else is around in embarrassment.¬†Unfortunately, embarrassment is quite sticky– so sticky in fact that sometimes it doesn’t even come off after a shower.

Lately, I’ve started to question the wisdom of suppressing items on the Discouraged List. Is it better to risk a little embarrassment in the present than to be spotless now and have to wash off a bucket-load of embarrassment in the future? I think so. Doesn’t everyone venture into the realm of the Discouraged List every now and then?

If I accept that ignoring items on the Discouraged List is not a reasonable solution, the hard part is how to handle these items in a way that isn’t threatening or as embarrassing as waiting for the Discouraged Bucket to overflow. Admittedly, I am still working on this and am open to suggestions.

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2 responses

  1. Lav

    Never be afraid to get grumpy, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of dissatisfaction?

    April 24, 2009 at 2:14 am

  2. k

    I like that.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:55 am

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