Act Like Your Mom Is Watching

Okay, so the tenor of dialog on Facebook has taken a turn for the worse. I don't know how it ended up there, but I'm going to try and veer it back a bit. Here's what that means:

I'm not going to stop talking about politics. I am, however, going to try to be civil about it. I'd also like to hear your thoughts and opinions on politics, but I'd ask for a respectful comment. In other words, act like your mom is reading your post.

Of course, it doesn't actually have to be your mom; think about someone you revere: It could be your mom, your dad, your pastor, an athlete, an author, or anyone else you look up to. Now, if you want to write something on my wall, or respond to one of my posts, stop before hitting 'enter'. Take a moment to read your post aloud, and imagine that you're revered figure is listening to what you're reading. Next, think to yourself: Would they be proud of what I've just written? If the answer isn't an enthusiastic 'yes', then please reword your comments.

If you write something on my wall, and I think it's derogatory, or mean-spirited, then I'm going to delete it. I don't feel comfortable doing this, but I feel like I don't have many other choices.

Of course, if you don't like my new approach, you should feel free to block or unfriend me. (I've never done that, so I'm not sure if I'm phrasing that correctly.) It won't hurt my feelings, and you'll probably feel a lot better after disconnecting from me.

Here's hoping I stay connected to a few of you; I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say.