This is a classic Deuceology post from a couple of years ago.
I don’t know if you watch The Office, but I love it. I don’t watch it every week for some reason, but when I do I find it one of the most amusing, hilarious shows that I have ever watched. I was compared to Michael Scott once by someone I managed on my team. This hurt my feelings immensely, as I don’t see myself in any shape, form or fashion as Michael Scott. There is one character, however, that I do see in myself.
Jim is sort of a wise-cracking, suffering everyone else, doesn’t take anything serious kind of character. He is probably the most competent person in the office he works in (I’m not suggesting that I am the most competent person in my company). If you have watched the show, you know that he is the anti-Dwight.
Recently, Michael Scott has left the company, presumably to give greater attention to his burgeoning movie career. Sorry, got Michael and Steve Carell mixed up there. Will Ferrell played a character that was going to take his place, but was unable to continue due to trying a stunt basketball dunk. Eventually this leads to a search committee looking for the new manager. Jim Halpert is one of those charged with looking for the new manager. Everyone sees Jim as not taking this job seriously. Ryan, another character, tells him to lighten up on the Jim Halpert schtick.
Do you ever find yourself needing to lighten up on your “schtick?”
That scene hit me between the eyes and has been gnawing at me ever since. Why? Because I am afraid that people get tired of my “schtick”. I saw it come out in a meeting the other day. It comes out in my tweets and Facebook posts. Yet, I don’t know if I can change it. I’ve been working on it and perfecting it for twenty-six years now. Twenty-six years ago, I walked into my job at Food City, a grocery store, and was greeted with a, “Hello Lawrence!!!” by Jay Setser. With an ultra-serious response, I said, “My name is not Lawrence!!!” I’ve been trying to not be “Lawrence” ever since. I have eventually evolved (can I use that word since I am a Christian?) into Larry The Deuce.
So there is a war within me. The lightheartedness comes out. The wisecracks are said. The offbeat humor is displayed.
And I hear someone say, “Lay off the schtick every once in a while.”
Today is the last day of Deuceology as you know it. Everything that you have known over the last couple of years is changing after today. I am scaling back to three regular posts each week, with Saturday remaining the day that I post fiction.
Let me explain. I am in the midst of what you might call a slight shift in theology. At one time I would have considered it a major shift, but as I have sat back and examined it, it’s not really that major. Perhaps I’ll even write about it in more detail soon, but I would describe it like this: Sovereign Spirit-Filled Satisfaction. Regardless if anyone else thinks that it is a shift or not, I am experiencing some change as a result of this.
Obviously we have changed churches. I have come to realize that my lack of involvement in a local church enabled me to crank out a daily dose of Deuceology. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I want to be more involved in our new church. Something has to give if I do that and writing six blog posts each week has to be one of them.
There are a couple of other things that I am interested in doing as well. I have been piddling around with writing a book. I have some of it written. I want to spend a bit more time doing that in the near future. I also have ideas for a novel or two. I want to write those things as well.
So, yes, change is in the air, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. I’ve changed before. I used to have Two-For-Tuesday. Twitterific Thursday used to be one of my regular posts. I have changed each time these have gone away.
What I want to happen is for my posts to be of greater quality. I hope that less quantity will bring that.
Pray with me as I head in this new direction.
I need your help.
Lots of restaurants have “How are we doing?” cards. They want to hear back on service, ect. I want to do something similar.
Deuceology in nearing its first anniversary. Few, if any of you, remember my first two blogs. Some of you will remember what this blog was like this time last year. Today, I really want to hear from you.
You may have never commented on this blog. Today, I would like for you to answer three questions for me.
What is this blog all about?
Why do you come here, subscribe or read?
What direction would you like to see it go?
You may think some of these are strange questions. I consider all of you who take time to visit, read and comment as partners in the Deuceology experience. I thank you for taking part of your day to visit here with all of the blogs that are available to read.
My first year is almost over. I look forward to another year with you.