The other day, my wife Margaret and I, together with our good friend, Rachel, were trying to come up with catchy name for a website we want to develop. We weren't having much success, so we tried to hone what we were looking for. We decided we needed something pithy- so ‘Pithy’ came into being.
Our decision was confirmed when we looked up the dictionary definition. I'd always thought 'pithy' just meant trivial, or something quite small but in fact, by definition, it's a more powerful word. Pithy: adj. brief, to the point, forceful, meaningful, full of vigour, succinct, concise, laconic, terse, compact, trenchant, sententious, expressive, cogent, finely honed, epigrammatic.
When I started up my blogspot a few days ago, I gave it the title: Pithy Pete because I wanted my blog to be ‘pithy’. Actually I’ve now decided that Pithy Pete is a misnomer. Why? I am by nature verbose. I could never be a man of few words - concise. If something can be said in five words, I will wax lyrical and use twenty. In that sense, Tweeting is proving a useful discipline, forcing me to be concise and reduce what I want to say to attract attention to 140 characters. Blogging on the other hand, gives me the space I need to express myself. I do however want what I write to make the biggest possible impact.
So, today, I decided I needed to make a change so that my blogspot name more accurately describes the content. Therefore, from now on (until further notice), I have decided to call it 'Would-be Pithy Peter'.
I haven’t finished quite yet! This got me thinking. What’s more important, who or what I’ve been, who or what I am OR who or what I would be? I regret knowing I’ve not been the person I should have been and I regret knowing I’m not the person I ought to be. But I don’t regret being the person I would be AND I’m really glad there’s Someone who accepts me as I am because of who I would be and because of who He is.