A New Way of Typing

>> Saturday, September 17, 2011

The object was to push on the keys as efficiently as possible … causing the chosen font to strike the paper … and spell the word correctly. The problem was the force with which you needed to push on the key … slowing you down. And if you hit an incorrect key which caused the word to be spelled wrong, then more time was taken to use an opaque liquid called Liquid Paper which you brushed over the incorrect letter … allowed it to dry … and then hit the correct key.

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)


Yvonne Blake September 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

What an interesting (and true) comparison. I'm thankful God allowed me to grow up in a soft-touch family and marry a quiet husband. I pray for those who feel pounded.

(btw - I'm also so thankful for computers. I just love "cut 'n paste.")

Joy Bach September 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM  

Thanks, Vonnie. I never heard a word in anger until I married. Quite a contrast. Yes, I'm grateful to be able to write on a computer.

Lisa Mikitarian September 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

I like the hope you've woven into your message--this is a sad/brutal reality for too many.

Joy Bach September 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Thanks, Lisa. Hope is so very important. Thanks for seeing it in this post.

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