I have to gather the information
So I can analyze the implications
I need to examine all the considerations
So I can ponder the ramifications
All before I can make my decision
This post is written for Patricia’s In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. This week’s challenge is to write a story or poem of five or fewer lines using the word “ponder.”
I have been criticized at times for over explaining things. There were occasions back in the day when my boss would ask me a question and I would launch into a long, elaborate answer until my boss would finally lose patience, put up his hand to stop me from talking, and say, “I got it, thanks.”
But in my defense, I was merely trying to be thorough, to cover all aspects of the question, and to communicate all of the possible ramifications before completing my answer.
I eventually learned that the best answer to most questions is the simplest, most direct one. It’s not like high school algebra where the teacher wants you to show your work. People just want to know the answer. Plain and simple.
And that is how I learned about the KISS principle. KISS is, of course, an acronym for “keep it simple, stupid.”
Written for today’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC), where the word is “simple.”