Just Because I Can, Doesn’t Mean I Should25/01/2012
Opinions are like noses…everybody has one (and you thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you!). So how did we get to a place of shoving our opinions into peoples’ faces, and if they don’t agree, well, they’ll just….you fill in the blanks. Emotions get in the way. Tempers flare. We say things that are probably better left unsaid.
I enjoyed an exchange on facebook yesterday from a friend who was quoting another blog post. The blog author made this comment: “the key to using media in our mission may lie as much in our restraint as in our creativity. Within a matter of seconds, I have the capability to share my opinions about any conceivable topic or issue with the world in a matter of seconds. But just because I can, doesn’t mean that I should…”
Looking at any of my social networks that I use, I can probably find some pretty good examples of poor restraint. I’ve even done it, not proud to say. I’ve been guilty at times of letting that “verbal schrapnel” fly. And then wincing, knowing what I just said “didn’t come out like it should”. Or maybe it did. I am hopeful that I can continue finding ways to express my opinion in a manner that respects others’ rights to their own. We don’t have to agree. But we should try to get along.
Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. Let it begin with me…