[Written first on Facebook 12th July 2016]
Over the past 6 months I’ve received and accepted around 1,000 friend requests from around the world from people I have never met in person. I don’t accept every request, but mostly I do. This is something I do in good faith, knowing that many have found me through the LeaderHeart posts and things I post that sometimes get shared broadly.
I’m aware that a social media platform comes with it’s own kind of communication interference. Personal face-to-face communication can lend itself to misunderstanding, let alone a medium like this. I think we must keep this in mind at all times.
But please know, that I will certainly not entertain any kind of DISRESPECT on my posts towards myself or others. If we don’t have a connection outside of Facebook where I can approach you personally to discuss what is upsetting you or what your concern is, I will unfriend you and most likely ban you.
I will also not engage in a who-has-the-last-word competition on an issue that I have shared as my opinion. I’m personally unimpressed with people that I never hear from for years by way of a call, email or even an occasional LIKE as an acknowledgement come and disrespectfully create a good-for-very-little argument.
If I post something by way of a link or fact, and you want to engage in a CIVIL conversation about it, excellent! If you are going to refute what I have stated or linked too, please come with facts – I have taken time to write and research – please be a responsible conversationalist and present some research or citations of your own. Hear me please – I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A FIGHT. I’m a poor fighter. I am keen to learn though. I have the right to be wrong and shame is a poor way to bring correction – so please come in love.
FINALLY. for all those of you who know my heart, know my faults, know my passions and have sought to understand me, THANK YOU! Thanks for the encouragement, likes, loves, emails, donations, prayers and for looking past the occasional post that has not sat right with you. I sooo appreciate your maturity and demonstration of love in this area.