I Turned Off AutoCorrect

Non-reflective, poor-produced, and often hurt-filled or hurt-inspiring gibberish fill the internet — that scares me. I yearn for honesty, quietude, and gratitude but where my realist, the internet, and reflectiveness meet is a depressing space. Despite all this, I write because I love words and how they can inspire, elevate, and invigorate. Then when even my writing machine produces a dotted red line or autocorrects me, my thin veneer which imagines I have something worth shares peels.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t write polished prose but to write I need space, flow, and love. Over the past few years, writing has become an interrupted effort, a technical skill, a medium which does not help me articulate. It has become my daimon which cuts me off from saying anything; my daemon which tears me apart.

So, today I took one small step away from the destructive path I have put myself on: I turned off live spelling-check and autocorrect. One small step as January closes which I hope will help me love writing again. Hopefully, this year I can name one more thing blocking me from sharing my whisper in the cacophony called the life. I hope you find what’s holding back your murmur and get rid of something keeping you from sharing whatever your medium is. We need less shouting and more whispers — they teach us to listen and love.

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Calvyn du Toit

Calvyn C. du Toit is a PhD-candidate in Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and a Research Associated in the Department of Christian Dogmatics and Ethics at the University of Pretoria. He lives in New York City, where he is h(o)us(e)band to Christine, and 6PM Music Director at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal).

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