It was bound to happen one day ~ a slip of a finger and voila ~ a post published empty of words. I don’t know about other bloggers, but sometimes I pre-write my posts when I find a picture that speaks to me and then in the morning, if I am not inclined to write about the Daily Prompt, I have a few posts to choose from ~ but this one, I had just found a picture of a phone when instead of hitting save, I hit publish!
YIKES! An empty post!
Has this ever happened to you?
So, now I’m stuttering, if that’s even possible for a writer, because, I’m not that proficient in WP to find the erase button to take the post away! Where’s the REDO button or DELETE? I guess I’ll have to forge onward with this post…ok, I’m ready. I can do this. Hold on tight my friends…this may be a wild post!
There’s something to say about this learning experience. Have you ever said something that you didn’t mean? It just escaped your lips without thinking? Have you ever thought aloud only to find that you truly did say your thoughts out loud? Have you ever spoken your mind only to have your listener not agree with your opinions? Have you ever said something you wished you could take back?
I have. And I’ve been the listener who wished she had never heard some things as well.
So what do you do when you make a faux pas? Stick your foot in your mouth literally? Pretend you didn’t mean it even when you did? Laugh it off? Act as if you didn’t say anything and look at the person with doe-eyed wonder at what they are upset about? Turn around and change the subject? Get angry at them for bringing it up? Blame it on someone else? Blame it on an illness?
I’ve seen all sorts of coping mechanisms to this problem ~ none of which helped the situation in the end because whatever was said in the heat of the moment, hangs in the air like the stench of a road kill skunk. So what do you do?
First, try to move on. Can you forget what’s been said to you? Can your listener forget what you’ve said?
Was it the truth? Was it your truth? His/Her truth? Was it a deal-breaker? Or was it heart-breaking?
Can you pretend you’ve never heard it? Can your listener? Or was it something that once that cat’s been let out of the bag, that’s it?
This has been a hard post for me due to the nature of the beast and the fact that I was totally unprepared to write about it. Perhaps it’s a good lesson for me to be more aware when I am looking through my photos/cards, in order to spark some inspiration for a post!
To me, honesty is the best policy ~ and a heartfelt apology is the best I can do!
So please forgive my mistake in hitting publish today! I wish all of my mistakes were as easy as simply apologizing. Perhaps they are?
Perhaps that’s what’s needed when words escape you. Simply speak from the heart, from the honesty that lies within us all.
Speak as you wish to be spoken to ~ ahh that’s the answer!
PS. All puns intended when SPEAKING about the phone, answering it etc! 🙂
And isn’t that the gift? The ‘mistake’ is actually a gift that gives wisdom and thought to all of us! Thank you!
Thank you for your kind words Louise ~ I can always count on you! I figured that I needed to simply go with the flow after my mistake and perhaps sharing my lesson/experience would help another! ♥
It’s hard to forget words that cut deep but often a mistake is the platform from which we can build a bridge because it puts us in a position to work out that relationship. I agree with you that it starts with honesty – an apology, an acknowledgement of a wrong that was done and then a determination to move forward together.
Well said Diana! I love that you understand what I was trying to say! ♥
It seems to be a theme this morning on WordPress. This was a very insightful post – I love it!
I love how you went with the flow of things…this is a lovely post with wonderful food-for-thought!
Oh thank you Vicki! Thank you for EVERYTHING! You are so very kind to me ~ big hugs. xo
I have done it a few times in the past and still think you did a wonderful post! That phone reminds me of childhood 🙂
It reminded me of being a kid as well! Guess that shows our age?! 🙂 I figured others have hit publish when they meant save so we’re all human and we make mistakes! Why not tell it like it is! ♥
I totally agree about being upfront about it and would do the same as you. Yes, those phones do show are age since we both remember them 🙂 But considering what has happen to us I glad for every birthday ♥
Truthfully, I started laughing when I first read this … the yellow phone all by its lonesome like that 🙂
Thanks ~ I’m glad I gave you a giggle. I was hoping someone would get the puns and irony of the whole thing! So happy for your comment! 🙂
Hey! Where do you find the daily prompt…I may need it! I have published posts more than once with NO TITLE so it just ends up being a number when it goes out. This post made me laugh and reminded me we are all just humans, sharing human experiences. 🙂
Today’s daily prompt link is:
If you go on it, I think you can sign up to get email every morning which tells you what the topic of the day is! Then you simply pingback on that post to yours and like it as well! You can every pingback other people’s posts as related articles.
I hope this helps!
You can update your post so that you can put your title on it even after you hit publish. 🙂 I’d be happy to help you if you need anything else! 🙂
Nice! Thank you for all the info – I have gone back and re-named some posts…but some I like having just the number! Thanks for the link too – have a great day!
Hope you have a lovely weekend! So happy I was able to help! ♥
If this post is an example of what happens when you make a mistake, you should make more of them, Misufusa! I enjoyed this post. It reminded me as to how it feels at such moments, and ways to deal with them. Thank you!
Oh Russ you are so sweet! I just couldn’t leave a post with just the picture of a phone on it ~ so I just figured others may have had this happen to them and decided to blog about it! Thank you for your kind words! ♥
I can totally relate to your panic having done this myself in the past and felt so frustrated and a bit foolish. But we are all perfectly imperfect and that’s okay 🙂 Your post is absolutely fine by the way!
Oh thank you ~ the first time it was posted, it was just the telephone pic ~ then I went back to write something and had to think fast for what I wanted to say! Good lesson for me ~ and a way to practice going with the flow as well! 🙂
Don’t laugh, but your technophobic friend actually knows how to delete a post, thrilled to show you. Loved this, and all true!
Oh good! Please teach me the next time we see eachother! I could use some help! ♥
Haha–I can totally relate though my OMG moment was slightly different. My helpful daughter was quickly pushing buttons on a post that I had worked hard on and “POOF”–accidentally hit “delete post”. GONE!! There is no way to get them back–no “did you mean to delete this post” question, “click to proceed” etc. Hit that button it’s gone, baby gone!
However, with enough grilling of the daughter, who is actually very technologically capable (though not as careful as could be) I was able to find a “cached copy” and put that back into my blog and re-publish; however the comments and likes and whatnot were all gone.
Oh my! What a heartbreaker! So happy that you were able to find a cached copy, but how sad! I understand! Big hugs! ♥
Wow, for an accidental click on “publish,” this is pretty good. The post has great substance. You’ve turned what could have been an empty post quite the enjoyable read and insightful too.
All of us have at times blurted out hasty words that we want to take back. I remember times when I wanted to wash my own mouth with soap and water!
Well, when I hit publish, it was simply the picture with the phone and I had no way to delete it. So I had to think fast and just wrote a post which is what you read. Thanks for your sweet comment. I’ve wanted to eat my words as well before ~ guess we really need to think before speaking! A lesson for all! ♥