Yesterday, not intending to, I got into a bit of a squabble on Facebook with someone I don’t even know. It doesn’t matter what the disagreement was over, but they somehow took a comment I made personally and was offended by what I said. They don’t know me, because if they did, they’d know that I am an open-minded and noncontroversial person. I deeply care about other people and pretty much always consider the way my words will make people feel.
I quite purposely even leave politics out of Facebook just for this very reason. I have my opinions, but I do not choose a public forum to express them. Anything that might be a hot topic is one that I feel needs deeper conversation than just a few quick sentences written in a Facebook comment box. This is how I have always felt, and therefore, my Facebook page is bipartisan.
Despite all of this, being despised even if it’s by someone I don’t know weighs on me. It hurts my feelings that someone would completely misread me. How is it that a complete stranger could jump to a conclusion about me just from a few innocent words?
What I draw from all of this is admitting the fact that I am a sensitive person. Aside from my blog where I have a real opportunity to express myself, please don’t be surprised if I offer little comment on your Facebook posts. I love Facebook. It has brought me back in touch with friends from my past and keeps me connected to people I know both currently and from long ago. That said, if you want real conversation, email me personally, comment on my blogs, pick up the phone to call me or best yet…let’s get together.
My song of the day is by Jewel. I haven’t heard “I’m Sensitive” in years, but stumbled upon it today as I was searching for a song. I love that she writes “I’m sensitive, and I’d like to stay that way.” Yes, those are my sentiments exactly. To listen to all of her meaningful lyrics in this song, click HERE , and you’ll head to Youtube.
In the meantime, I’m heading to Facebook to see what my friends are up to….as long as it’s controversy free!