“In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.”
The past weeks were filled with news about what happens when an email or communication is discovered that turns out to reveal actions and behaviors that are deceptive, dishonest and unseemly. It’s worth taking a few Purposed worKING posts to remind ourselves of how we should conduct ourselves with electronic communication. There are no secrets in the digital age and so we must T.H.I.N.K. before we act, write or speak.
When we communicate, we need to pull these communications through the filter of “necessary”. There are plenty of examples where no communication at all would have been better than the communication that was released. I am always concerned about communication that ends up being restated, revised or worse yet, pulled back. In our age of being fast and quick to the punch we can end up overreacting or communicating with emotions versus logic and facts. Companies that feel like they must push and push out communication just to do so also run the risk of when it is time to communicate something important and needed to be read, that the audience/readers are already desensitized and never even open up the communication. Don’t get me wrong, lack of communication leaves people open to making up their own stories. That said, being sure that there is a definition of what is necessary is a very good practice.
So many times we would be better off to just sit on our hands and not send something that really isn’t necessary. I think about the “entertaining” things that run around the internet and have to be remembered that anything we send can be misinterpreted by someone else and our reputation becomes associated with that communication. If we are to be strong in our witness and in our example, then let’s be sure that when we do communicate, that we have impact because what comes from us us always thought of as being necessary.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:22 (New Living Translation)