Recently, I read this short article. I thought it was funny enough and applicable to my daily blog posts and my recent declaration.
How to Ride a Dead Horse
Ancient Rabbinic wisdom states that when you discover you are riding a dead horse (or camel), the best strategy is to dismount. However, church boards and committees often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:
- Buying a stronger whip.
- Changing riders.
- Saying things like “This is the way we always have ridden this horse.”
- Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
- Increasing the standards for those who ride the dead horse.
- Appointing a committee to study the dead horse.
- Waiting for the horse’s condition to improve from this temporary downturn.
- Providing additional training to increase riding ability.
- Passing a policy declaring, “This horse is not dead.”
- Blaming the person who sold you the horse.
- Acquiring additional dead horses for increased speed.
- Declaring that “No horse is too dead to beat.”
- Providing additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.
- Commissioning a study to see if lay-leaders can ride it cheaper.
- Removing all obstacles in the dead horse’s path.
- Taking bids for a state-of-the art dead horse.
- Declaring the horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead.
- Revising the performance requirements for horses.
- Saying the horse was cheaper than one that was “alive.”
- Asking for increased donations (any excuse will do).
And if all else fails:
21.Declare that resurrecting the dead horse is the congregation’s primary mission.
Recently, I tried to resurrect the notion of daily blog posts. [And I still like the idea, because I believe in daily blogging as a good habit.] But it is currently a dead horse and I just need to dismount.
So, this post is me admitting that I am not currently able to commit to daily blog posts; that I will not be spending time answering the question, “how do you feel about how you spent your day?”; and I’m going to write whenever I like on whatever I like until I decide differently.
[plus, I have well over 60 new notecards to address when school lets up… and the old ones I still haven’t gotten to. #oneday #ihope]