I’m normally one for keeping a clean text messaging inbox – once I read it, it’s gone. There’s a lot of reasons for it, but one is that I can’t create folders on my phone for some stupid reason, so I don’t have a good way to store them. So normally when I go to my inbox, it’s got the one or two messages I haven’t read yet, or else it’s empty.
A while back, though, I got a text message from a friend of mine that I’ve kept in the inbox ever since. It was meant as some tongue-in-cheek advice, but, funnily enough, it struck me in its simplicity:
“Don’t screw it up!”
I think right there in that little sentence, you get every self-help book ever boiled down into one manageable phrase. The idea of having all this good stuff around and in your life is something easily forgotten and sometimes we get anxious about all of it. To that, my friend says, “Don’t screw it up!”
- A new friendship just getting off the ground? “Don’t screw it up!”
- A new pet? “Don’t screw it up!”
- A new job? “Don’t screw it up!”
- Remodeling your home? “Don’t screw it up!”
- Giving a speech in front of a convention? “Don’t screw it up!”
- Redoing the effects in films loved by milions? “Don’t screw it up!” (Sorry we didn’t get this to George Lucas sooner, folks)
- Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow with a sonic screwdriver? “Don’t screw it up!” (Dr. Who only)
- Really, most situations in life: “Don’t screw it up!”
There’s a laid-back quality to the advice that appeals to me – rather than working hard at making something right, work at not making something wrong.
I’m sure this won’t appeal to anyone else like it has appealed to me, but I thought I’d share it for that .001% out there that thinks like me.
Leaving a comment on this entry? “Don’t screw it up!”