Excuses, excusesYou may remember the song, Excuses, made popular by The Kingsmen in the ’60. It starts off with this catchy phrase; “Excuses, excuses, you hear them every day.” There couldn’t be a truer statement.

People make excuses for an array of reasons; some truer than others. Here are a few I hear at signing events, “I’ll check you out,” “I can’t read,” “I don’t have time to read,” “I’ll be back,” and my personal favorite … “Do you have a website?” they ask with a wrinkled nose and a slight head dip.

I know then, there ain’t no reasoning with them folks … pardon my slang.

Now I know we all have our reasons for not wanting to do something. Nevertheless, let’s be honest. If you don’t want to do something, come out and say it.

Nicely

“Thank you, but no thank you.”

So here’s my answer to those excuses which I would never say out loud. To the one who says, “I’ll check you out,” I say, “Go ahead, check out my books on Amazon, Goodreads, Google Books. On the other hand, here’s a novel idea, pick up one of my exciting books, read the back and let it capture your imagination.”

To the one who says, “I don’t read,” I say, “You can. You just won’t.” I understand having eye problems and concentration problems and not being a good reader. In that case, why not try to improve your reading skill? You will be the better for it.

To the one who says, “I don’t have time to read,” I say, “We make time for what’s important.” Quality time with God, family, work, home responsibilities, getting the kids to and from school, practices, rehearsals, recitals, birthday parties … the list goes on. But then there are times (rainy days, snow days, sick days, waiting room days) when you have nothing better to do than look at your FB. Why not snatch up a good book and plug into it. You’ll be amazed how much time you suddenly have.

And finally, to the one who promises to “Be back,” and doesn’t, I say … well, we all know what you are.

So the next time we are tempted to give a starving artist the brush-off, think of how it makes him or her feel. Be nice, be honest, and tell them the truth.

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