SPONSOR: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-joe-ledford-03407421/ Lk 21:36 Be vigilant at all times and pray, that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
Have you ever been speaking with someone, thinking you are the only two in the room --or within earshot-- when you suddenly see someone else move out of the corner of your eye?
Doh! I hate being startled like that.
But, if you have experienced this, and I'm guessing most humans have, at one point or another in their lives on planet Earth, you know it can be a real eye-opener.
For instance, if you were chatting with your boyfriend/girlfriend and didn't realize your Mom/Dad was privy to your convo, you may or may not still have the keys to your car this weekend.
Maybe you were discussing a grade you feel you received unfairly with a classmate when BAM! Suddenly from behind a door your instructor materializes. Extra credit, anyone?
Perhaps you were speaking to a colleague and didn't realize your boss was listening...hmm. Now that could be a whole new conversation starter -- or career limiter, yes?
Then again, maybe you were complaining about your significant other to a sibling, friend, or parent --- only to have him/her emerge from the blackness of the adjacent room from which they were eavesdropping. Er, I mean accidentally overhearing what you said. But why was he/she sitting in the dark --as in, lights out-- and with his/her I-Phone on silent? Just wondering. Either way...
If you were uncomfortable, upset, or even mortified at what the third party accidentally took in --- methinks some stuff needs to change.
1. Firstly, always go to the source. Nothing gets resolved without open, honest, respectful communication.
2. Next, even when upset, always speak as though the most innocent, blameless, kind, and important person in your life can hear you. (BTW, He can so don't forget that.) If you're too angry to do so, be still until you aren't, you dig?
3. Also, try to consider how you'd feel on the receiving end of such a bad review. Heck, I remember how hard I cried...and for how many days...when my grade school pal laughed out loud that "Patty Marinucci got an 'F' on our grammar quiz today!!!" She was tickled that I bombed the pop-up test but looked whiter than snow when she turned around and saw me standing there, heartbroken. "Oh, I didn't see you!" she said, as if that made it all better.
It did not. However, the fact that the quiz never counted against my grade, did. Take that, grade shamer. I digress.
4. And finally, at least do a full room sweep before you go spouting off about someone who could be in it, Capsice? It's not astrophysicism, people. Sheesh!
Just kiddin' - try hard not to say words so jagged you can't swallow them if you must, a'ight? #BeKind #WordsMatter #SpeakSoftly #Pray #Peace