Motivational Monday...You Have a Choice
Have you ever read a text or comment on a social media post or had a conversation and felt compelled to add your opposing two cents?
The other day my niece told me that she used every ounce in her body to refrain from responding in a text thread to someone’s comment. It was a family thread and would only cause hard feelings if she did.
I asked her if what she wanted to say would add something to the conversation or if she wanted to say it to be snarky, put them down, or show that she did not agree with their opinion.
She smiled and knew what I meant and said that was exactly why she did not say anything.
The thing is while I do believe in a person’s right to say what they want, I also believe that with this freedom comes responsibility and showing respect for others.
I know you’ve seen this happen on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, here, and other social media sites. There’s always someone who has to chime in. The other day on Nextdoor someone felt compelled to correct what he thought was someone’s misuse of a particular word.
In my opinion, people who do this are not trying to add anything to the conversation at all. They have no interest in furthering the discussion. What they want to do is elevate themselves by putting someone else down.
When what you want to say serves ONLY you...don’t say it. (KGS)
When we’re speaking, we need our voice, our mind, but we also need our hearts.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.