There are things you know intellectually that don't hit home until you experience them.
Example: You have no control over electronic communications once you press the SEND button.
Recently I responded to a customer service email query with language that seemed appropriate for the individual I was corresponding with.
My response was posted on a forum.
And was then excerpted on a blog.
Had I anticipated this possibility, I would have worded my email response differently. The essential message would have been the same, but in its eventual context, my words made me squirm just a bit.
Believe me, it could have been worse. Lesson learned.