Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sheer Lunacy!

Sheer lunacy!

That’s how my wife refers to the ideas and initiatives that flow freely from my head. I disagree with her assessment.

If the overflow of my mind is lunacy then that makes me a lunatic. If I am a lunatic then I would be a person who is mentally ill, dangerous, foolish and unpredictable.

By that definition, I am only ¼ loony (you can decide the fourth that applies). In Canada, that means I’m equal to 25 cents or 75 cents short of being a full Lunatic.

Sheer lunacy! I love writing it.

Sheer lunacy! I love saying it.

In fact, ever since Heidi first uttered those words, in response to something I was planning to do, I have embraced them wholeheartedly.

I know she doesn’t really think I’m a lunatic (at least, I think she doesn’t think I’m a lunatic), but rather she feels that some of the children my brain gives birth to are a little on the odd side. That is just fine with me.

The other day I had a conversation with someone about WIIFM. Although I’m sure most of you know what those letters stand for…for those who don’t, it means, “Watermelon Ireland Indigestion Frog Missiles”.

Now, if my wife was reading over my shoulder, this is where she would scream “Sheer lunacy!” Why? Well, it’s because WIIFM obviously doesn’t mean “Watermelon Ireland Indigestion Frog Missiles”.

And that’s my point.

My other point is that always following the conventional “norms” of life, just because it’s the norm, might actually be a better definition of “sheer lunacy”.

But, let’s get back to our Acronym of the day. WIIFM actually means “What’s in it for me?”, and it is a classic question in the world of Marketing. The understanding is that unless a product (any product) has value for an individual, they will not invest anything into it.

So, all this got me thinking...which according to my wife could be a dangerous thing. Why would anyone want to spend time “Inside Timmy’s Mind”? What could possibly be in it for them? The answer, my friends, may be...sheer lunacy.

I believe “Inside Timmy’s Mind” is an escape. It’s an opportunity for the reader to step out of the normality of life and experience sheer lunacy…without being the lunatic. You’re welcome.

Some time ago, I was asked what my blog was about. I said, “Um?” Then we sat silently…

You see, it’s not a blog about family, sports or celebrity, although I have touched on all those topics, at one time or another. It’s not a daily diary, a personal rant or even a place of reflection, even though it may feel like those, at times. It doesn’t have a theme or a specific target group.

In fact, most days I don’t even know what I’m going to write until I sit down and start typing. It really is just what comes out of my mind.

Despite the fact that I’m breaching this particular subject today, I don’t usually ask deep questions like WIIFM (M being potential readers), I just write. I write about the things that interest me, confuse me, irritate me and encourage me, and wrap it all up in humour...not out of design, but because it’s who I am.

There are many nights that I’ll read my latest post to Heidi, and she’ll sit there stone faced while I chuckle endlessly at my own jokes. My wife and I have very…very different senses of humour. Even though I know she usually won’t laugh, I read them to her because, as my wife, I want her to share in the process with me. But, I don’t write for her…or anyone else for that matter. I write for me. If I laugh, I post it.

So, why exactly do people come “Inside Timmy’s Mind?”…I don’t really know. But, I’m glad they do and I hope many more follow them. I must be providing something and I hope its laughter, because I cannot explain the immense satisfaction I feel when I make someone else laugh.

Well that’s it for now.

If you’ve read this and are now asking, “What the heck was that?” My response to you is, “Sheer Lunacy! Welcome to Timmy’s Mind. Hope to see you tomorrow.”

Have a good one,

P.S. if you feel so inclined, please leave a comment telling my why you enjoy Timmy's Mind. I'd love to know.


  1. I have enjoyed starting my day lately (after Devotions) with a trip inside timmy's mind I think it puts me in the mood to laugh at the trials and daily bothers I experience as a mom, Nanny, worship director, student, secretary.
    It helps me put those daily bothers into perspective and not be bothered by them.

  2. Thanks for that! Very encouraging. Continued Blessings!



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