It was inconceivable to me in my younger years that I would be alive in the year 2014....and yet here I am, alive, attempting to thrive and embarking on the last six months toward fifty years of marriage to the same man, no less.
2013 was not a banner year and it got worse a few days ago - so I am happy to see it go and hopeful for the future. There is no where to go but up.
Something I think worth mentioning: Sometimes I try to be funny, and in so doing, I say things that may be inappropriate, or come off as sarcastic and snitty when that is far from my meaning. I am referring mostly to Facebook (and the blog) as the places where I do this; since, in person one has clues to my meanings based on facial expressions or laughter. In print, there are no such prompts.
Recently I made a remark/comment on Facebook that was deemed not appropriate for a business page. The person who governs the page let me know in a nice way that it was not the image he wished to project on his page and so he deleted the comment stream, with my blessing, although he didn't need it. It set me to thinking, and that's always a good thing. I reflected on how a chance comment here or on Facebook could have a serious impact on oneself or a business, and therefore, we ought to be careful what we say and how we say it. I am specifically referring to content and meaning, but it just dawned on me that grammar and spelling, and use of punctuation and capitals is just as important - especially for younger people who hope to someday have a good career. I see many Facebook posts wherein the grammar and spelling are appalling to this English major (although I have forgotten more than I was taught.) People who write run-on sentences with no punctuation cannot expect me to try to make sense of what they say. It is a big waste of time, in my opinion.
The phrase "Big Brother is watching" was made popular in the 50's by the author of the book 1984 by George Orwell. Back then it was science fiction but now it is our nightmare come to life. And not only is Big Brother watching, our friends, families and prospective employers are watching too - and don't we ever give them something to watch!!?? Be careful what you put into print because it will follow you for the rest of your life and beyond the grave.
My comment was flippant, and meant to be funny - but I realized it could be damaging too if it gives the wrong impression. I promise to be more careful this year how I phrase things and not to make hasty comments without thinking through their possible impact on the other person/page.
And that, my friends, as as close as I will ever come to making a New Year's Resolution! Happy New Year to you all!