Have you ever found yourself in a less than ideal position thinking afterwards about why something got so out of hand due to a few words? I think everyone has.
Words are powerful. Provocative words and even seemingly normal dialogue can be read several ways both on and offline and on.
Ever have a discussion in text and then it turns into a disaster? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Even us writers experience this probably more times than we’d like to admit.
This morning I was having a conversation online with someone I’m very close to. He posted a message about his evening the night before. In a jocular fashion I wrote a “hello” to the person I figured he spent the evening with. It was meant as purely positive and he and I both knew that it was not meant as anything other than being jocular, however, given that I hadn’t met this friend the comment was then deleted.
We had a brief discussion as to why. To a degree I agree with the sentiment. To another, I think it might be a bit overkill as if the situation were reversed I’d have been fully content and laughing about it.
This instance was yet another reminder that words are very delicate. Words are art. They are both logical and illogical. Solid and flexible. Even things as simple as a hello can be taken positively or negatively.
Being cautious about words, especially when using them in a provocative fashion is often for the better. A small situation can turn into a mountain of an issue with just a few simple words. It is therefore extremely apparent to remember to breathe and think as you write every single letter. You never know when you might be afraid of your own strength. It’s why they say that the pen is mightier than the sword after all.