26. Taming the Power of the Great  "Beast in the Clover"

Understatement, reserve, and withholding ones power are distinctly un-American traits, especially in the age of social media, where the guiding axiom seems to be "if you've got it flaunt it ". I met a girl last summer who had just started playing guitar and decided she was a songwriter. By the time she completed her first song a week later it had been posted on Facebook for all the world to see. I was horrified, this being the counter opposite of everything I was raised to think and do. One has to get one’s ducks in a row, put your best foot forward, get it together… before presenting to the world is-  has always been my way of thinking. And yes the sucked.Of course maybe I've always represented the opposite extreme. Whit used to joke with me that I wrote songs and buried them in the backyard. 

And then there's the whole thing with relationships, where some folks believe we should share our feelings at any time and cost because if it emanated from the world of feeling it must be valid? No. I happen to think there's a time and a place. Of course, I bet if I didn't have this guitar I'd probably explode or maybe look like this picture.

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