”Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them..”
There is an unassuming but great wisdom in this tweet by Marina Orlova, Los Angeles. So many times we see posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks that bother us. Some people, in the spur of the moment would hurriedly post a seemingly mindless or “suicidal” post that they would later regret saying.
We’ve all been there. For some reason, some person causes our blood pressure to shoot up the roof and in our most emotional state we are momentarily gripped by our primal instincts to reciprocate evil for evil. We throw caution to the wind and we lash at our enemy-whether imagined or real-with an unquenched fury we post our rage and hate.
Trouble is, most of the time, it eventually backfires. Either we just barked at the wrong tree, or assuming we did bark at the right one, we however got the flak for our uncalled-for remarks. Then we realize how foolish it is to give in to our desire to get even with our supposed enemy.
Would you like to eat your words back? Sooner or later you will. So be wiser than that. Social networks are not for picking up fights. It is a place for making friends and for influencing others positively (as much as possible). Of course, there are times we can express righteous indignation over some injustices we encounter; but there’s the rub: righteous indignation.
Be responsible with your social networking behavior. Be sure you can live with every word that you say. Or that you can apologize about what you said, later.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:5-6