One of my favorite keys on my computer? That tiny little delete key.
My biggest enemy on my computer? That darn huge delete key!
I love the delete key when I type something in error, or when I change my mind on what I’ve written. Keeping the delete key depressed and watching the words quickly disappear is a simple thrill.
However, I’ve also been on the opposite end, accidentally depressing the delete key, erasing a brilliant thought or musing–okay, maybe not so brilliant, but something I wanted to keep, nonetheless. And then the only thing I wish I could delete were the words all too quick to come from the same mouth with which I strive to praise God.
The “key” is being mindful of my actions and my words. To delete that which is intended to be deleted, and to not allow what cannot be deleted.
When my kids were young I used to teach them that words are like toothpaste–once it’s out of the tube, no matter how hard you try, there’s no getting it back into the tube. Once words are “out there,” there’s no taking them back or erasing them. Unless, of course, I accidentally delete them and then I can’t remember them for the life of me.
Today I strive to live mindful of my thoughts, words and actions, so the delete key function is not necessary.