Well do you?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that all of you wake up tomorrow and remove the filters that keep you from getting whacked up side your heads but when the chips are down and the oportunity presents itself to just open your mouth and say what’s on your mind, do you take advantage of it?
There are a few different brands of this is you will.
The Facebook Vent/Rant: You know what I’m talking about. That friend or friend who is always telling someone off who can’t even see the post because they’re blocked but they just need to share their emotions?
The Phone A Friend: When you call your best friend and unload on them and they let you because next week, they’re going to return the favor.
The Disgruntled Patron: Let’s face it, we’ve all seen this person and have actually cringed standing behind them in line and we also get the feeling this isn’t the first time they’ve humiliated a cashier. Honestly, we just want our milk and toilet paper. We didn’t sign on to hear this mess.
The Dreaded Confession: When you finally (insert passive aggressive speech) go off on someone because of how crappy they’ve been treating you and everything that’s happened in the past six months comes blasting from every brain cell you’ve fried holding it in.
I’m sure there are more but I was thinking today about Ivory, the strong willed, headstrong protagonist in The Blue Diamond and how she always speaks her mind and doesn’t think twice about it. Even when she ends up being wrong, she doesn’t shy away from both apologizing and doing it again. I believe being honest with people takes the stress out of relationships. Letting things simmer and simmer is as bad for your health as it is for the person stoking the flames.
Of course, speaking your mind is one thing but losing your mind is another.
Someone once told me the difference between being honest and telling the truth is like the difference between a slap on the wrist and a punch in the stomach. I like to believe we are all mostly honest and that when we have something to say, we say it with respect and without waiting until our face turns red and our veins are popping out of our necks. I’d also like to believe it is not necessary to abuse cashiers and waiters. I also believe every once in a while, someone definitely has it coming.