Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones…

Photo The other day I found a note under my windshield wiper. It was an angry note calling me some choice words for parking so close to this person's car on the packed streets in downtown Albany.

So do I get it? 

Yes I do – having lived in downtown Albany for 20 plus years and having to park on the street. What I’m wondering is, why the rant? I don’t believe I hit his/her bumper, I always check and I know I didn’t hit the side of his/her car. Sure we all get angry, but suppose I just turn out to be your boss or your mom’s best friend or your father’s new girlfriend!

Consider this lovely note written by Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers, about Lebron James'  “defection” to Miami. 

“This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

And then this morning:

COBLESKILL, NY — A racial controversy in the Town of Cobleskill came to a head Monday night, as roughly 130 people showed up at a town meeting demanding answers. (The mayor has been recorded as using racial slurs.)

And then there’s Mel Gibson. Could he get himself in anymore trouble?

From presidents to presidents, words have managed to destroy many careers.

“I did not have sex with that woman.” One of the most famous lines.

What happens to us in the heat of emotion? Do our real feelings come out? Do we feel we have the right to say “what we really think?” I think not.

Anger is just as much violence as if one took a baseball bat to the victim; we think it doesn’t cause as much hurt as it does.

My thoughts: words can bring you down.

Remember when you were a kid, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me?” I don’t think it’s true, words are just as harmful, words often lead to “sticks and stones.” Children start of the playground with harmless words and then graduate into sticks and stones. I was walking behind a group of tykes and they were cursing like the big boys!

You never know who is listening, or judging.

Why would you want to air opinions in anger that you would never air if you were in your right mind?

As a business owner, you are always in the public light, anything you say will be used for or against you.

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