I should learn when to keep my thoughts to myself.
I opened a can of worms on facebook the other day. Why, oh why, did I even log in during an election week? I knew there would be bitter and disappointed people posting. For some reason, I just could not leave it alone. It was not my finest moment. I was not being a peacemaker. I was not helpful. I was not perceived as kind or compassionate or intelligent. And I have been paying for it in several hours (which I really should be using other ways) of careful messaging with an old friend to keep her from hating me. I should have just stayed the heck away from facebook for the past week instead.
So for everyone’s benefit, especially mine, here is a gentle reminder:
Before you speak– or write, or act — consider these three questions:
- Is it kind?
- Is it helpful?
- Is it necessary?