Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday's 3Rs -- Recycling words

Photo by Peter Griffin

As I was working on the Vinegar Fridays book, it dawned on me that what I was really doing was recycling words. And then I thought, that has to count for something.

You see, sometimes it is difficult to come up with content week after week, especially when I'm caught up with my regular work. And putting together the book was no easy process. At first, I thought it would be fairly simple ... just take a year's worth of Vinegar Friday posts and put them together into a book.

Umm, it didn't work out that way. First of all, on many VFs, I wrote about using vinegar in a variety of ways. Well, the book is actually quite organized -- with chapters about cleaning, laundry, health, pets, etc. It took awhile for me to put all the info I'd written during that year into some semblance of order. I'm thankful for my daughter, Bethany, who went onto the blog, looked up all the VF posts and printed them for me. What a time-saver that was.

Once I organized everything, which required cutting the posts apart and dealing with little strips of paper, it was time to start writing. For the most part, I was able to recycle the words I'd already written. But not always. There were things to add and at times I just didn't feel a copy and paste kind of deal was appropriate. So I spent hours ... and hours ... writing the book. Recycling the words.

And that's what I have to say on this Friday's 3Rs post. Recycling words can be a challenge at times, just like recycling batteries, or electronics, or even plastic can be. Repurposing words can be even more difficult. So watch what you say. Sometimes our words belong nowhere else, but in the trash. But along comes someone who bears a grudge, and they root through the garbage, picking and choosing which words they will use against you. They tell others those words. They post them on Facebook. They repurpose them in ways you never intended. And anger arises and hurt befalls. Guard your words. They are a precious commodity.

Recycling with care,



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