An open letter to all those who wish to clog my e-mail inbox:
Dear “friends” (including my mother-in-law),
As much as I like you, please stop sending me e-mails with poems/quotes/photos that come with a threat attached. Yes, I said threat. It’s a threat thinly disguised as an “if, then” statement. You know the ones. The ones that tell me that if I don’t read or pass along this poem/quote/photo, that me or someone I love will drop dead. Or some other ridiculous garbage.
You know I don’t believe in this, don’t you? I believe my God and creator is in complete control of my life and when bad things happen, he can and will use it for good (Romans 8:23).
You know I delete the messages, usually without even reading them, don’t you? Anything that tells me I have to forward to five friends or disaster will strike is a load of crap. And definitely not worth reading. And conversely, if it says I need to forward it to five friends so that great things will happen to me? That’s crap, too.
I wonder if you believe it yourself. Maybe you just like the poem. Well, if that’s the case then do me a favor and delete the threat part of it. Because it bothers me. But maybe you ARE in fact superstitious and believe it. In that case, you do realize you are passing that “threat” along to me, don’t you? And knowing that I don’t participate in these things, are you just wishing for something catastrophic to happen? I wonder…
Anyways, friends, I’ll gladly take an e-mail from you that is actually about real things – how you’re doing lately or what’s up with you. In fact, I’d love to read some inspirational quote or poem. But please, please, please spare me the superstition.