slow to speak

I'm thinking about our words. Thinking about things we say and who we say them to, and why we say them at all. In this age of social media, everyone has a megaphone for their opinions and their short, sharable soapboxes. There is so much that is good about the ability for every voice to be heard in this online space. But just because we can say something doesn't mean we should. And just because we think something, feel something, or have an opinion about something, doesn't mean it needs to be shared publicly.

Some things are best kept to conversations with friends and family, where space and touch and hearts and dialogue and history are mutually and lovingly shared.

Some things are best kept between a few trusted loyals.

Some things are best kept to ourselves.

And we just need to pause long enough to decide which of those is the case before the words fall out of our mouths or fall through our screens when we hit 'send'.

Today, I am more intentionally looking for that pause button.

{And, no, the irony isn't lost on me that I'm saying this in a blog post.}

quick to listen slow to speak