Over the past few weeks, it seems like every time I go on social media I seem to find myself with a lingering thought of, “Did you really just say-that?”. Not just from people I know, but also big celebrities, political figures, comedians, and many more people. It seems as though we as a society have forgotten the simple rules your parents told you while growing up, and that was, “Think before you speak”. I am someone who just loves and loves to talk but before I say certain things I can hear my mom’s voice in my head say, “Is that appropriate Rachon?”. Not only should we start thinking about what we say-but as well as what we post. Scrolling through Twitter you see some nasty tweets from people that are just uncalled for. It just makes me think, “Why did you feel the-need to say that?”.

 

I think it’s safe to say we have all fallen victim to how loose our mouth can be at times. When you get into an argument with a friend, husband, or wife, you say some things that you didn’t quite mean to say. Later, after the argument has dissipated, you feel bad for what you say. I know I have a few times. Not only can this be just an argument, but you can make a post that is super insensitive to a certain community of people. Companies have fallen victim to this multiple time. Tweeting out racial pictures, posting insensitive content.  We get so caught up in the moment that we don’t look at the big picture of what we said and how it can affect the ones we care about.

 

There’s an old saying and that saying is there is a time and place for everything. This rule applies everywhere in life. Not just on social media, but also in your workplace. You can’t just walk into the office and start yelling at someone for no reason or say hurtful things. Words do impact people. I’m not saying you need to walk on eggshells every time you are speaking to someone or even clients, but before you say something that might impact you, your future, someone’s feelings, or even a group of people, just take that two second pause and think, is this really what I want to say? That one thought can go a long way.