Good morning, ladies and gentlemen!
Know when to speak up.” – 8,789 Words of Wisdom
One thing I’ve learned via social media is that there’s a time and a place for everything that we say, and the level of appropriateness is often relative to 2 things in particular. One is is the national (or global) community and climate. The other is who we are versus who our audience is. When we allow what’s in our head to go public we are making statements – purposefully or by default – about ourselves. This is the evidence upon which people will formulate their opinions of us. So, it’s often important to be cautious of what we are saying. I’m not one for censorship. I do believe, however, that some of the things that come to our minds will serve us better if they never exit.
Even beyond that, however, I’ve learned that sometimes keeping quiet, particularly when it comes to social media and public commentary, is not so much about censorship as it is allowing us the opportunity and the captive audience to speak when we really need to. I was scrolling through Twitter one time cracking up at a bunch of things that I thought were funny, but that I could never post. Two thoughts came to mind. The first was, Man! People might think I’m a completely different person if I said all of the things that came to my mind that I really wanted to post. And then I thought, well that’s pretty arrogant of me to think that enough people would really care that much… or that I should need to hold back because of an audience that I have. But then it hit me. There are things that I don’tsay, not because a lot of people necessarily “care,” but because there’s inevitably going to be a time(s), when there’s something that I need to say. And when that time arrives, I don’t want verbal negligence discredit or undermine that.
“Know when to speak up.” Know when to remain quiet. And know when to remain quiet, so that when you do speak up, it commands the attention of anyone that witnesses it.
Make it a GREAT day!