Reading through blog posts and other platforms like Google Plus this week I began to notice something common. When someone asks a valid question many of the responses just add nonsense to the comment stream instead of answering the question or offer solutions. Now let me be clear, I have done this as well. It really is just folly. Like chattering, folly is described as lack of good sense; foolishness. Sometimes I wonder how many words are spent on it. It happens in blog comments, Google Plus, Facebook and in personal conversations on the phone or in person. Do we adequately evaluate what we are saying before we say it? What it would be like if we were limited to a ration of words a day? How valuable those words might be to us? I know I would dole them out with care and art. Would we speak to each other in kinder ways offering value instead of filler? One reason I love brevity is that it makes us think about the words we choose (or not).
I am thinking about the words I speak in valuable time with friends in any context or tool. I want to make them count, and not for folly.