Feel Good 5 Friday … Cut-and-Paste

2 Apr

I know that people do that with emails when sending out resumes, your cover letter is the same, but you just tweak it a little bit to make it more detailed to the company. The cut-and-paste. It’s the most convenient tool. Saves you time when you just need to get that letter out.

And sometimes I get that general text message at Christmas time from people … Hey Merry Christmas hope you’re having a great holiday season, from Janette. That’s normal. She wants to wish everyone on her phone and Merry Christmas without typing out every message. Mass text. I get it. People smile.

But what’s up with an I miss you text like that?

My friend recently asked me if I had gotten one of those before, if someone had cut and pasted me via text. I said yeah, probably, most of them for funny pictures, links to Youtube or stuff like that. She mentioned that her friend, she hadn’t seen for over a year, had sent her a, I was thinking about you, hope the girls are doing well, we miss hanging out with you guys, especially our trips to Wine Country where our families got close, so many laughs, you’re one of our closest friends hope you’re doing well.

I asked her since when did she have two girls? She said since never. Just always the one boy. She said the beginning of the message was addressed to her with specifics about her hospital work but the body of this text didn’t apply to her. Apparently they had never gone to Wine Country together and she didn’t know how to respond. 


I told her not to worry about it. I had friendships come and go, super close for a few years and then they’d move jobs, get boyfriends, or have kids of their own and I’d hardly see them. Growing apart and then just saying final goodbyes. She said the cut and paste was crappy and hadn’t expected it. I told her she probably cut and pasted me and who knows maybe I had no idea. But sometimes people surprise you and you realize maybe you weren’t as close as you thought, or just maybe call her on it and say hey you know I still just have the one kid, appreciate you saying hello but what was up with your text. 

I don’t know, maybe it’s because we’ve all been in isolation and that’s why it had a bigger impact on her and I wasn’t seeing it. But I said maybe the universe is making room on your plate for something better, something different and you sit with it for a minute, deal with it, and then brush it off. The isolation and quarantine has served some purpose, and that’s just clearing out your plate from unnecessary time wasters. Surround yourself with people who prop you up, people who encourage you and make you laugh. People who write a text message just for you.

Sometimes the cut-and-paste is great, like on a mixed tape, or the DJ’s scratching a record back in the day. That cut-and-paste was great for my dancing spirit.

Don’t know how the advice panned out, but I felt like I imagine I’ll be more mindful of the cut-and-paste. I mean dude, if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend and they cut and paste you … c’mon now, easy decision. But the rest of us take it on a case by case basis because everyone has a bad day. Until then, buen camino.


Stars on 45


Banda Zeta — Nina Fresa

Gigolo Tony — Smurf Rock


Madness — Our House


Karyn White — The Way You Love Me




10 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … Cut-and-Paste”

  1. Island Traveler April 3, 2021 at 1:08 PM #

    Inspiring post. Love the videos. Always a feel good moment visiting your blog. Thanks ☀️

    • The Guat April 3, 2021 at 10:22 PM #

      Thanks for visiting my friend 🙂 I do enjoy those songs the first mash-up of the Beatles is pretty sweet. All those songs take me back 🙂

  2. Sundaram Chauhan April 4, 2021 at 6:23 AM #

    People who write a text message just for you. Yes. Those are the ones to surround yourself with. A text message, a seemingly small thing, tells a lot. It’s been only forwarded ones nowadays mostly. Stickers, memes, gifs… I don’t even credit the sender for such messages. I know the person hardly even thought about me. So my messages are without glitters, self written and addressed to the recipient. I write only a few now. But I try to be sensitive. Wonderful read, and great music. :))

    • The Guat April 4, 2021 at 9:29 PM #

      It is a small thing but you’re right totally matters when you get one just for you. Personalized. Like a conversation. I’d prefer conversation, really, those are definitely better than texts but everyone communicates differently now. A lot more memes as you say. Glad you enjoyed the tunes 🙂 Thanks for leaving a note! Much appreciated. Have a good week.

      • Sundaram Chauhan April 4, 2021 at 11:20 PM #

        My pleasure. You have a good week too. Stay inspired. :))

  3. Sorryless April 6, 2021 at 6:17 PM #

    I guess I’m too old to do the cut and paste. Not that I would though.

    • The Guat April 7, 2021 at 10:15 PM #

      I was like dude … just call someone. I was like I understand the Merry Christmas stuff but other than that … Maybe just call. People miss phone calls.

    • The Guat April 7, 2021 at 10:15 PM #

      I totally do NOT see you doing this either. You’re an OG 🙂

      • Sorryless April 8, 2021 at 6:02 PM #

        Well, you’re one of my peeps so you’re biased. But Imma take it! 😉

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