I have been reflecting on how quickly we jump to conclusions. We see things out of our own pre-suppositions and understanding.
That is understandable as a first reaction.
How easy it is for us to react.
However, we need to move beyond first reactions.
Technology is a wonderful thing. However, like everything, it can be abused.
Sending an email out, or a message on Facebook, reaches out to so many people!
The old proverb, “Fools jump in where wise people fear to tread” has a lot of wisdom in it.
People’s good name and character can be permanently ruined by self-opinionated reactions and or presumptions.
Some questions to ask:
Have I checked that my understanding is correct, that I heard the other person correctly? Have I bothered to check this out?
Is my opinion the only valid way of looking at something?
Is the public forum the best way to do this? Is it the right way?
Jesus did say if there is a problem, go and talk to the person concerned privately first; have someone to help and support if you need to. Keep on trying to repair bridges.
The virtue of prudence means that we take time to reflect before we act.
Some information is nobody else’s business.
Unhealthy secrecy is not good and is, in fact, wrong, especially in the protection of the vulnerable.
Again, reflection with wise advice, if necessary, can help to make wise choices.
Lord give me the wisdom to make good and wise choices.
In everything, love.