Do you drop the “F” bomb? Do you say the “S” word? Or, do you prefer to use God’s name in vain?
I have often wondered why I curse at all…especially in a professional environment.
A group of our leaders recently attended a prominent seminar about organizational dynamics and leadership. They keynote presenter cursed….he cursed a lot! A few of our team members blocked it out. Another found it funny. However, our wonderful college President, Dr. Kirk, found it offensive. From Dr. Kirk’s perspective, it added zero value to the content and in fact, he strongly felt the cursing devalued
the training we invested in.
As Dr. Kirk shared this with me, I blushed a little. He knows that I have a terrible potty mouth. I’ve cussed my entire life and I haven’t held back with him over this past decade.
The industry I’ve worked in over the past 20 years is dominated by males. I think early on I thought dropping a naughty word here and there would show them that I could be “one of the boys” or that I’m a totally cool person. I know now that it isn’t so cool after all. In fact, when I hear others cuss, it often comes across as lame and a total lack of class. Yep, that’s me.
I can certainly turn to scripture to inspire better behavior (read below) and speak words of encouragement, not destruction!
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
I know sometimes when you have to make an important point, it seems like you need that extra “oomph” that only a good cuss word can provide. But cursing, like other habits, can be cured by replacing with a different habit. What is that? I’m still searching for the answer.
I’m improving, but certainly not where I’d like to be. How about you? Have you found cursing in the work environment
to distract or devalue your original thought? Do you want to quit cussing or have you ever broken the habit? What did you do?