Dear Jerkface: A Letter to My Fellow Grumps
Yeah, you. You know I’m talking to you. You’re a Grump, aren’t you? You might not like to admit it, but you just can’t seem to get along with people sometimes. Not individual people, per se, but people in general. You get annoyed standing in lines. You get cheesed-off by the little annoyances of life. You can’t stand being wrong. You’re incensed when you have to explain yourself.
Welcome to the club! We meet every Sunday, and we call it “Church,” but it’s really the gathering of the International Brotherhood of Grumpy Contemplatives. We’re the people who are so mad that we can’t be better people that we’ve finally gotten fed up and just accepted who we are. We acknowledge that God is working on us, and we pray for the day when our grumpiness will cease, but until that time, we’ve learned to deal with it and get on with life.
If you find yourself being a bit of a Grump from time to time, I say claim it. Don’t shy away from it. For years, I’ve tried to deny my inner Grump, and it’s made me miserable. So, I began to write about it, and out of that came this lovely work which I now set before you. If you like it, I’m glad. If you don’t like it, I don’t care—I’m a Grump, remember?
What I hope is that you’ll get something out of it that will help you like yourself just a little bit more, because laughing at your human frailty is the first step toward seeing yourself as God sees you. And when you begin to see yourself as God sees you, you begin to see that God loves you unconditionally—grumpiness and all.
Each of the posts on this page reflects my struggle to reconcile my grumpiness with my spirituality. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t. Skip the ones that don’t work for you, and use what you would like from the others. Pass the word on to other Grumps you know, and be sure to wear your Grump badge proudly.
Your Friend in Christ (and Fellow Jerkface),