There is a wonderful quote which I have on my wall in the Writing Room: “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandi).
What change do you want to see in the world? What do you have to share? What do you want to make happen?
The Internet and Social Media platforms give us an incredible opportunity to say what we want when we want to. Freedom of speech at a level that has never been achieved before. Your words can be heard around the world, maybe by millions of people we will never meet. You have a voice…
Next time you write something, take a moment to think about the impact you might be making on your reader. Do you want your words to harm or to heal? To criticize and crush them? Or to inspire and lift them up? Do you want your words to be a message of hope? Or a message of despair?
It is very tempting to vent our own negative emotions in an email, post or text. Then to walk away feeling relieved and somehow lighter. But how have you left your reader? Could you have been kinder and more careful? Could you have considered how dumping your c**p on the page has made them feel?
It may come as a surprise, but it is not essential that everyone knows every detail of what you are thinking and feeling. Some things are better kept private. That doesn’t mean you should stuff away your feelings and try to deny them. That may not be healthy either. However, you can be more discerning. You can choose to keep them to yourself a bit more, knowing that everyone else has their own tough stuff to handle.
Another great quote is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it” (Abraham Lincoln). What are you creating in your future today by what you choose to say? Let’s hope that you are creating happy family memories. Friends who feel loved and cared for? An appreciative boss and supportive colleagues? And maybe even a legacy of memorable quotes for future time travellers to marvel over?
It’s your voice – so use it wisely…