Filtering: removing something unwanted or using a device to only allow small pieces to get through.

If we are using a device to filter out impurities or if we are making a recording and we want to filter out the extra noise it seems necessary. What about in conversations when we filter our thoughts so as to not say something hurtful? That also seems like a necessary time to use a filter. I appreciate when I ask the question, “does my butt look big in these jeans” and the filtered answer comes out something like, “no, you actually look like you have lost 10 pounds!” Am I right?

Filtering sometimes is a natural, necessary part of life if we want to have any friends or family left in our lives! I’m wondering, “are we filtering our lives too much?” and “how do we know if we are filtering too much?”

One example might be when we feel the need to actually say a photo is “unfiltered” on our social media sites. Yep, that might mean we should let the photos do the talking and not the filter. What about what we actually put on our social media? A lot of us have gotten into the habit of only posting the things that show us in a good light. I mean, who wouldn’t?

I am not going to get up in the morning and take a selfie and post it to FB just to say good morning this is what I look like when I wake up! Although, I have posted quite a few photos that make me question what I was thinking in that moment.

But are we really living our life through a filter? How many of us alter our personalities to fit into situations? We don’t want to appear too big, or too small, but just “right?”   Brené Brown would tell us not to shrink or puff up because we are enough just the way we are. Unfortunately, in an era of photoshopping and filtering we have begun to photoshop ourselves right out of who we truly are.

How many of us woke up on January 1st only to realize that we don’t know who we are anymore? Let’s start living our lives where we are right now, not after we lose 20 pounds, get the degree or get our hair colored.

While we are still in the month of transformation and goal setting let’s think about who we are, not who we think we should be or who we think others want us to be. It’s okay to want to be the best you that you can be; work out, drink lots of water, read, meditate, do yoga, do whatever makes you feel more like YOU. Just do it in a way that is authentic and sacred to YOU.

This year, just be YOU; unfiltered.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,


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