Wit 'n Wisdom of Janice LaQuiere

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cotton-Candy – It’s more than what you eat!

Recently, some of us writers were discussing the negative aspects of cotton-candy characters.

I suspect many would think that I'm a cotton-candy character. Such a person is more than someone with sugar on her face. She is commonly thought of as someone who has a life and attitude that is too perfect to be real, and worse, too perfect to be fun. The criticisms of a cotton-candy life are varied; from boring to making others gag.

Hmm. Maybe it’s a good idea to look beyond the surface into the soul of a why a character might be too sweet for others to tolerate.

Attitude: Everyone must deal with their fluctuating emotions. It's not because I don't have hurt, anger, and frustration, but those weakness are overcome because my main goal is to live a life glorifying to God. When you work to "love" others (keeping in mind that love is patient, kind, doesn't envy, isn't proud, doesn't seek its own, etc (1 Cor. 13), in other words--completely and utterly selfless--the person that washes another's feet--or in today's vernacular; "a doormat,") than on the surface a character is too sweet to handle.

The conflict is still there...but it's inner turmoil, as a person struggles to fight against the human traits of anger, selfishness, pride, arrogance, greed, hate. However, the power of God in us is powerful enough to allow us to control our sinful nature, so that do not have to have fits of ungodliness.

Hopefully, as God's grace draws me closer to him, both my outer actions and inner thoughts will be more in keeping with His image. My goal, really, is to look more like a cotton-candy character.

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Eph. 5:1-2


  • Sweet is not a descriptor one would apply to ME.

    I've had a tug or two of envy at the cotton-candies. But I'm more of a spicy entree, and variety ain't bad. :)


    By Mirtika, at 3:01 PM  

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