I was instant messaging my friend the other evening, and every time she responded, some of her words were in capital letters. In the world of social media, this could be considered a no-no, as capital letters means the person is screaming at you, not “talking” in a normal state of voice.
“Darn CAPS!” she wrote, then added an LOL for effect. “I guess I need to get my nails done, I keep hitting the wrong keys!”
“Its OK” I wrote back. “I know you aren’t screaming at me.”
Then we continued our conversation, which became quite varied at times. We went from kids to men to clothes to spiritual experiences. As she has been having some difficulties lately, I ended with “I WILL PRAY FOR YOU – INTENTIONAL CAPS!”
How often do we need to remind ourselves that life really should be lived with intentional caps? To not have to filter ourselves, or guard what we say to others? Friends should be able to say whatever they want to each other, with honest and thoughtful dialogue. Of course, there is a thin line between being obnoxious and truthful, and what could be thought of as honestly could also become boorish behavior. One should always think twice before they open their mouth to offer a criticism. The desire to assist could be lost in the translation, creating all types of other problems.
In today’s politically correct society, we have become too mindful of protecting free speech that we don’t utilize it at all. I don’t think that’s what the founding fathers had in mind when it came to debating and sharing of thoughts & ideas. Nor should it be so with any free society.
For the most part, we are able to say what we want without fear of retaliation or any harm coming our way. But little white lies can turn into whoppers fairly quickly, and all because we censored ourselves in the first place.
I made up my mind a while back that I will strive to live every minute I have been blessed with loudly and unafraid. To live my life with intentional caps and not be hindered by what the outcome of what my response should be.
Otherwise, I’d just be one long sentence.