We should always be conscious of our words, even in the best of times, because words can have a powerful affect on people, even if they were not consciously said with spite or malice. We are not living in the best of times, not even close. People have been out of work for over a year, they are struggling to pay bills, as well as dealing with the mental health of their families and themselves.
With all the various text forms of communication available, and the growing trend of texting not speaking means that the words you type are very easily misconstrued. Plus, we also have the phenomenon of the “keyboard warrior” where people feel safe cyber bullying people from behind a keyboard.
You do not need to put yourselves in someone else’s shoes to be polite, you do not have to dig deep to ask yourselves some simple questions before you hit send (or digitally open your mouth in some way):
· Is it true?
· Is it kind?
· Is it necessary?
Life is tough right now, so why pick a fight when you can have fun? Why make enemies when we all need friends?
Choose wisely because tomorrow is never promised.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III