Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Step Away From The Keyboard

Raise your hand if in this day and age of instant everything you've done something stupid. 

Yeah, that's right, I thought there might be a few of you who would have benefited - like I would - with a little more thought before posting, replying, texting, exposing our own stupidity. 

Back in the golden age (okay, maybe not THE golden age...) we used to sit at our writing desks, take out our special stationary, our lovely ink pen, and actually write out letters to communicate with those at a distance.  We had to go through the process of writing it out by hand - which usually took longer than we can text a bomb to a loved one - and then place letter in envelope, address, and somehow manage to get it out to the rest of the world.  Either by manservant (for those 1% equivalents in the golden age) or by placing a stamp on it and waiting for the post man or taking it to a mailbox or post office.

These things took time.  You had more than a few seconds from initial thought to execution before you managed to deliver something stupid. 

And, ideally, then the person who received something potentially stupid also had a little more time before a response could be expected.  Ideally to respond in a more gracious manner than perhaps you wrote. 

ADD and the ability to instantly connect - or disconnect as the case may be - presents its own challenges. 

And perhaps, sometimes, I should remember my admonitions of yesterday, step away from the keyboard, and do nothing.

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