>> Saturday, September 17, 2011
If you wanted a capital letter, that involved locking down a separate key. And when you reached the end of each line, your left hand reached for the lever to push the carriage to the right to begin the next line … rolling the platen down one row at the same time. Of course, when the ribbon was finally so worn you could hardly see the print on the page, you had to change ribbons.
It’s called a manual typewriter.
I had to learn to type on a computer keyboard because of my job. It was scary to make that big of a change. And when I first began using the computer keyboard, I pushed very forcefully on the keys. There was no need for that. A mere finger stroke produced a letter on the computer screen. And if I hit the wrong key and spelled the word incorrectly, all I had to do was backspace and … poof … the mistake was gone. I could then hit the correct key. No more correction liquid was needed. There were no levers to push and no need to change ribbons.
There are people who have been dealing with life like it’s a manual typewriter. It’s all they’ve ever known … and so they push hard on the other person. If they don’t get the desired results, they think yelling will bring about a correction. Or sometimes they actually use their hands to make the changes they want in another person. If that doesn’t work, they change ribbons.
Know anyone like that?
Just as I learned to type differently on a computer keyboard, it is possible for them to learn to deal with others using a different approach. But first they have to feel the need to make such a scary change … and lose the only control they think they have. And there will be trial and error in the learning process. It will take someone … spouse … friend … counselor … pastor … with a lot of discernment to be willing to help them learn a new way of typing.
Are you available?
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)