THINK… Facebook is doomed?

My daughter, Sophia, had begged to get a Facebook account until she discovered Instagram. Now she could care less about Facebook. In fact, most of her friends think Facebook is for “old” people and isn’t “cool.” I had no idea Instagram even existed until she enlightened me to the fact she had an account with them. Being a concerned father, I made her show me all her posts and the posts of people she was following. I was pleasantly surprised to discover she is generally a thoughtful positive poster of inspiring images or sayings, as were most of her Instagram friends.

One of the images she had shared on her Instagram was a picture of the acronym T.H.I.N.K. which is a reminder to consider before you speak if what is about to come out your mouth is:

  • True
  • Helpful
  • Inspiring
  • Necessary
  • Kind

I could have saved myself a ton of misunderstandings, hurt feelings and embarrassments in the past had I taken the time to ensure the words I conveyed passed the THINK test. I have based along information that wasn’t true because I thought it was true, but wasn’t sure. I’ve said far too many hurtful words when compared to constructive words I’ve shared. I like to think of myself as inspiring, but those around me know I can be a really downer too. For some unknown reason, I have a knack for wanting to be right all the time which leads to me often saying things that are completely unnecessary. As for kind words, well when you have a gift for sarcasm it can be challenging to make sure my words are kind.

It looks like I have some thinking to do.

  • What about you?
  • What have you said you wish you hadn’t?
  • How might taking time to THINK improve your relationships?

“If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oArDFU_IESQ

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3 comments

  1. Tammy · March 20, 2013

    Our tongues get us into trouble, don’t they? I like the acronym. My latest endeavor is to be generative which in essence is sort of helpful and inspiring. What can we invent in this conversation that otherwise would not have occurred?

    • Chris Antrim · March 21, 2013

      Tammy – I love your use of the adjective “generative” and the context in which you are applying it. To generate is to create power and thus by looking for a way to generative you are helping to create engergy or power which is great way to look at a way of improving conversations. I’m making it my goal be consciously proactive generative in my interacations over the next two weeks.

      • Tammy · March 21, 2013

        Let me know how it goes!

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