I’m a quiet kind of guy. I don’t really have a lot to say. And that’s true of today too. I really shouldn’t be writing a blog post. I got nothing.
So, half that opening paragraph was a lie. It’s true that I often don’t have anything to say, but it’s pretty rare that that stops me from running my mouth.
And even if I do have some small thing to say, I am often guilty of saying too much.
Often? … or always?
Okay, fine. But even when I am saying too much, sometimes that just leads me to something valid that needs saying. So I’m writing a blog post anyway.
This week is the week I volunteer to help construct the Folk Festival that I love here in my town, Summerfolk. This is the fortieth year this festival has been held, and I enjoy being part of it.
And this year it seems I’ll be taking up a little time on the Homemade Jam Stage as a performer during the open stage times available for aspiring musicians.
But enough about that …
I won’t talk any more about what things are happening in my life. But I will tell you that my hope is that when I’m on stage, I won’t say anything too inappropriate. I mean, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. I know when I’m on stage that I’m being observed. But I wouldn’t say they’re non-existent. And I don’t want to present myself, or my musical group, in a negative light. Especially not my group.
And before we even get to the stage, I have to finish the volunteer work I’ve started, and I don’t want to offend anyone on my crew by saying something stupid.
In the words of one of the songs we perform,
“I don’t want the stupid things I say
to stand between you and me.”
And with the other volunteers I’m more at ease, I’m not “on stage.” But that just means there’s a better chance of my saying the wrong thing.
So what do I do about that?
Me? Nothing. Well, not really nothing. I try to keep my mouth in check. But that doesn’t always work. So I also try to make an effort to cultivate good standing. I work hard, and I do my best to think fast, think ahead, and figure solutions to things before they become problems.
In other words, to make up for my potential for saying the wrong words, I try to put my best foot forward. That puts it where I can keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t end up in my mouth … again.
Sadly, that still leaves the other foot to worry about …