We need to start watching what we say. And no, I don’t mean because it’s 2017 and everyone has suddenly become oversensitive. I mean, we need to watch what we say, because words carry an unbelievable weight behind them. It’s not about being careful with your words because people can’t take a joke. It’s about taking a minute and recognizing the person you are having a conversation with, and how your words will affect them. Words that go from one mouth, into another’s ears, will unravel according to the person. Some people can handle a straight-talk type of approach, while others will need something softer. The same phrase, “We need to fix this problem,” will never be heard the same way. One person might hear that phrase and feel attacked, another may feel motivated. The point is, we need to watch the way talk to people. If we are talking to be understood, we must then adjust what we are saying based on the person we are saying it to. How can we expect to be understood, when we are continually sending the wrong messages? We have to realize, that just because something is said, and meant a certain way, does not mean that is how the message will be received. We’ve all played the telephone game when we were little, where one kid starts a whisper, and by the time the whisper has reached the last kid, it has transformed itself through several different viewpoints and come out as something foreign. We must be mindful, that once our thoughts go out as words, there is nothing more we can do. The words will be translated through everyone else’s mindset, and all we can hope is that we put enough thought into the delivery, so that the message is received as what it was meant to be. Unless, of course, you’re not talking to be understood. But, then, what would be the point?