On Second Thought

September 22, 2010


I recently read that Gmail has incorporated a “Second thought” button into their toolkit. We are all familiar with the “undo function” in Word and PowerPoint, where you can undo your last action, but the Gmail application allows you to take back your words, if you are quick enough.

Once you hit Send in Gmail, you have thirty seconds, during which time, if you have second thoughts about the words you have written, you will be able to pull them back before they are gone forever. And in most cases thirty seconds is plenty of time to realize that you have said the wrong thing or maybe the right thing at the wrong time.

I want a second thought button in life. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take back our spoken words as easily? How often have you spoken words you immediately regretted? If only you had a “Second thought” button to retrieve your words before they were able to cause irreparable harm and damage. But really, isn’t that why God created us with a brain? And if we actually stopped and thought before we spoke, there shouldn’t be any second thoughts. But that would be way too easy. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.