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Writer Lesson: Your intention as an author means pretty much zilch. Once your piece is out there, you can’t take it back, and readers will interpret it as they please, which is their right as readers. If you want your intention to come across clearly, be very careful in picking your words.

Life Lesson: Your intention as a human means pretty much zilch. Once your words and actions are out there, you can’t take them back, and people will interpret them as they please, which is their right as people (read: those affected by your words and actions). If you want your intention to come across clearly, be very careful picking your words and actions.

Bonus Life Lesson: When you’ve hurt someone (regardless of intention), apologize. Format of an apology (which, for you Christians out there, is actually quite similar to ((read: exactly like)) repentance: “I’m sorry for doing X. I won’t do it again.” And then you don’t do it again.

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