I can do neither.
It’s hard enough for me to keep from over-editing every post, assessing each word for its potential to hurt or offend the few people I know will read my words. (I’m doing that right now, as a matter of fact.)
It’s not like the whole world reads what I write. My readers really only make up a very tiny nook in the universe. A totally awesome nook, of course, but a tiny one, nonetheless.
Frankly, I almost never write about any one person, and when I do, it’s usually about myself or one of my kids. When I write about people in general, that’s exactly what it is about: people in general.
A good litmus test when you read my blog: If you’re wondering whether it’s about you, it’s very likely NOT about you. Just for the record.
If I need to vent, or let off steam, I go to my husband or a close friend. And my prayer journal. I don’t do it here. Or on Facebook. If I do, I’ll put a *soapbox* disclaimer on it. When I write, it’s in an effort to put my thoughts into words. Things I’ve learned. Struggles I’m having. Mistakes I’m learning from. Etc…
Even this post isn’t about anyone. It’s about a phenomenon I’ve observed that seems to happen to all of us. It’s a common, ridiculous experience. Tell me you have never had this happen? You have never felt yourself the object of a vague Facebook status? You have never written a vague Facebook status? Riiiiiight.
I will admit, in front of God and everyone, that I do the same thing. I get nervous and upset when vague statuses appear. I instantly begin racking my brain, wondering if it’s about me, and I do not rest until I know for sure.
I’m so vain. I think your post is about me. (Ha!)
I need to take my own advice and realize that *GASP* no one’s world revolves around me!
I sometimes write vague statuses or blog posts without thinking about it, then get all upset when people take it personally. Really though, it’s human nature for all of us to think everything is about us. Hence, the reason we first fell back in Eden.
We’re all so vain. We think the world is about us.
I have to laugh at the insanity of it.
How many friendships have been questioned because of this? Seriously. Be careful what you post. And I’ll try not to think everything is about me. Deal? Deal.
Grace & Peace