Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Facebook status posts stating an opinion.  That’s all well and good as you are entitled to your opinion and the right to express it by the US Constitution’s First Amendment.

However, when someone posts a very strong opinion on a controversial topic, I believe this invites discussion.  Often times, that discussion can get very heated.

  • Sometimes the original poster gets offended by others harsh remarks.
  • Sometimes the original poster silently watches the fireworks.
  • Sometimes somebody reports the conversation and the person who originated the conversation has their page shut down.

Many times people get offended by something someone wrote in a comment, and feelings get hurt.  Relationships can even suffer from the strong opinions that are posted in a very public location.

Maybe it’s time for people not only to think before they speak, but think before they POST.

Remember that old saying,” If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”   I would suggest that if someone has posted something you find controversial or are offended by, that you don’t have to join the fray and get your own opinion in the face of the poster.  Chances are, if they have posted something they feel strongly about your opposite opinion won’t change their mind.  I would suggest you don’t participate in heated conversations online.  If you must make your opinion heard, feel free to message the person and discuss things more privately.  No sense slinging mud in public.  (Unless you enjoy that sort of thing)

Yes, there are people who enjoy creating drama, just for the fun of it, and to that I say, “Walk away from drama.”

My husband, Jim, sent me an email he thought was pretty good, and it goes right in line with this topic.  Check out this podcast from Michael Hyatt!


*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach in the Raleigh/Durham area.  Contact her at Pam@NewDirectionLC.com.*


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