Think. Think before you speak. Think about the future and the past. When someone asks you a question, think before you answer. Choose your words thoughtfully and think about the feelings of others. Think logically when chaos surrounds you. Think about what you are doing and ask yourself if you should be doing it. Don’t rationalize your words and actions based on the words and actions of others; think about what you put out in the world and make sure it delivers the meaning you intend. Pause and catch your breath; just take a moment and think. Think about everything and nothing, and if you still aren’t sure what you should do; think twice.
With so many people on the internet today, our words and ideas reach millions in a matter of seconds. We post with wild abandon and often don’t give a second thought to what we have placed in the vast chasm of cyberspace. It’s a problem.
I am very outspoken, and I have to admit that I am guilty of hitting that post button before clearly weighing the impact my words and ideas will have on others; passion, anger, love, excitement fear; all can cause a momentary lapse in judgement. I want to believe that all of the crap I see on-line isn’t necessarily intended to be insulting, but I am often baffled at what people are willing to attach their name to before sending it off into the abyss where anyone with an internet connection can read it. I’m not talking about the rash political comment or the embittered post about an ex or the ever-present, poorly timed family photo; I’m talking about the calculated, unfiltered sharing of photos, comments and links that are ultimately intended to do damage.
Think. Just think for a minute; a split second. Think.