Edit in our head?
As I wrote a heartfelt message in a card purchased for a close friend yesterday, it occurred to me that hand writing a note without prior edits is a rare occurrence these days.
I didn’t write any drafts. I intentionally wrote my thoughts in ink, inside a card I purchased. I had to thoughtfully consider my words because there were no do–overs. I had to choose intentional language as to keep the text within the bounds of the given space. And I was responsible for spelling and punctuation. My reward for investing time and thought conveying meaningful feelings to another human being are pride, accomplishment and connection.
I wonder — as we’ve become so accustomed to writing with Pages or Word knowing that our spelling will be corrected and that we can easily go back and edit our finished (or unfinished) product, have we lost the skill of being intentional with our words? How might our careless writing impact our verbal skills? How has our vocabulary and emotional connectivity suffered because we’re unlearning how to edit our words in our heads through the convenience of technology?
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