Sunday Morning Reflections: Counting to Ten

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I don’t know about you guys, but when I was a kid and used to get angry, my grandmother would hit me with the “count to ten” theory.  In other words, if I counted to ten before reacting, my anger would somehow miraculously dissipate, and I’d be closer to a dove of peace than a rabid dog! 

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that a ten count doesn’t work for me. I don’t need a ten count as often as I need ten minutes, hours or even days!  And, from what I often read on the Internet, many of you have the same challenge. 

Here’s what I don’t get – photographers who decide to shred each other in public forums without regard for who’s reading what they’re writing – including active or potential clients. Nothing is secure anymore as people wander in and out of our cyber lives with complete anonymity.

So, this is a more practical Sunday Morning Reflections than usual, but here’s my point. There is no eraser in social media. You can’t throw down the gauntlet, shred somebody and then say, “Oops, I don’t want to talk about it anymore!” Within seconds of posting, hundreds if not thousands of people have a chance to read what you wrote and interpret it however they want.

I found a quote that’s perfect…

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret!”
Ambrose Bierce
Of course, just to keep it light, I found a classic that made me laugh…
“Don’t break anybody’s heart, they have only one. Break their bones, they have 206!”
​Anon
Wishing everybody a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Appreciate those people most special to you. Hug the ones most important and put your anger genes on the back burner. Time is our most valuable commodity – don’t waste it on stuff that just doesn’t matter.

​Thanks for being a reader – sure do appreciate you guys!

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