So there we were, Katie and I, trying to decide what to “give up” for lent. Lots of discussion was happening. “Well,” I said, “if I really wanted to do something challenging I would give up snark”. She looked at me, I looked at her, and we laughed. Nope. Not going to happen.
Then the other day another friend was saying that her therapist suggested she give up snark for Eastertide. There was a silence on the phone. We laughed. Nope. Not going to happen.
Then today I saw this going around facebook.
This was followed by comments on people’s posts like “SO True!” and “Always stay positive” and “It’s the only way to go!”
My snark kicked into high gear.
I am a queen of snark, my friends are kings and queen of snark. For those of you confused by this term it is a combination of “snide” and “remark”, it is, a sarcastic comment. And I love them.
Don’t get me wrong, I used to (and sometimes still do) get in trouble a lot for this beautiful, God-given gift. I am a smartass, a smartalec, a sass. I have a sassy mouth, I speak before thinking. I want to sit in the back of the room with my friends and make fun of other people. I want to pay attention by making snide comments, that’s what I do. AND I think I’m hilarious.
Not the most “Christian” trait out there, yet probably just as Biblical as “keep on the sunny side of life” “God smiles on those who smile” and “A negative mind will never give you a positive life”. I mean the Bible is full of comments like “my father’s member shall be smaller than my little finger!” (1 Kings 12:10-11) and “if you want all Christians to be circumcised as adults I dare you to cut your own top off” (Galatians 5:12). I mean… hilarious.
A negative mind is a terrible thing to waste. Much like a dirty mind it can be used for evil, but snark used properly can lead to great friendships, hours and hours of laughter, and a bond closer than “random acts of kindness.” No, we should not hurt people’s feelings. I have done PLENTY of apologizing for this. But used properly, i.e. making fun of those whom we love (and they know it) or ourselves (when we have the confidence to do so) or harmless choices (like gigantic mullets), snark can bring joy to the world.
So instead of giving up snark for lent or Eastertide, I say embrace it! Turn your false positivity upside-down and embrace the great art of sassy snarkiness. Greatness will abound!