Context Matters

Last night I posted on Facebook a quote from my four-year-old daughter, word for word, with the ironic hashtag, #contextmatters

Here’s the quote:

“When I read people’s minds I need to hold on to the table so I don’t fall down.”

-Madeline

I thought it was a hilarious soundbite from my life, out of context, so I shared. Didn’t get nearly as much positive response as a normal cute-kid quote does, and even earned one sad-faced emoji.

But what’s really interesting to me is this: no one asked for context.

PEOPLE. Context MATTERS.

It always matters! You want to know what’s wrong with the world? Especially in the current face of such an onslaught of constant information? #contextmatters

If you aren’t taking the time to understand the stories around you, you shouldn’t even have an opinion about them. The circumstances surrounding everything ARE everything. Why people do what they do. Why they say what they say, and believe what they believe. If you won’t take the time to understand before making a judgment, you are part of the problem.

I know this rant isn’t my usual type of post here, but indulge me. Go listen to some stories that are outside your own narrative. Stories that DON’T resonate because they have a completely different setting than the environment you understand. Try to see someone else’s context. It matters.

(Also, my daughter is not telepathic.)

2 Comments

  1. jpcreatives
    Jan 9, 2019

    Very True. In my opinion, we are quick to judge. Then, we find out the circumstances and feel bad for what we thought or said in our haste. Yes, we are human and make mistakes, but we don’t need to assume things are one particular way. We all know what to assume does, right?

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    1. Jill
      Jan 9, 2019

      I’m often very guilty of doing just that. But being able to self-evaluate and learn from our mistakes sooner rather than later is a win for sure.

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