Spell it out and one word appears -Inept
Inept? Let’s see what Webster says:
- Not elegant or graceful in expression; “an awkward prose style”; “a clumsy apology”; “his cumbersome writing style”; “if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?”.
- Revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; “an inept remark”; “it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable”.
Inept in my life:
I’m a writer. I definitely have “cumbersome writing style” moments or I can be so inept that I miss “it” in a particular piece of prose. When I am inept as a writer, however, no one gets hurt. My poetry I realize can dig pretty deep. Poetry does that it can be fun loving but often poetry aims at the heart. My poetry aims at the heart in this case like a dart.
I’m also a friend. I love people and I believe am generous and sensitive. But I am also the friend who lacks tact or fails at perception. I don’t even see it when I say something that is offensive or thoughtless. I must have been born with an inept gene. No excuse.
So what do I do to repair my prose? Tighten it up I suppose.
What do I do to repair the breach with a friend? No word can erase the message I send.
So in the future words of mine take note. Before writing or speaking, take a vote. Learn from the past trend- lest ineptitude become a friend.
Today’s motto: Words are expendable- friends are not!