Lately, I have found myself getting a little worked up while perusing Facebook or other social media outlets. Next thing you know, I start on a rant or wild tear about who knows what. I waste my energy being agitated and then move on to the more important details of my day.
Then Swaggy J (not sure if you heard but Johnny Armani has renamed himself Swaggy J… it’s a long story) says the magic words: Why don’t you just hide them (from your newsfeed)?
It was genius.
Sometimes I forget two things:
1. I have control of my newsfeed
2. I am responsible for what I put out in the world as well
A year or so ago I wrote a blog about “Love-fying” my newsfeed. And I had but I am slowly learning that this is a process that needs to happen on a semi-regular basis. Every season you change the clothes in your closet to the fit the weather and maybe at that time I need to go through my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even email subscriptions and evaluate what they are adding or taking away from me.
Similarly, it came to me that it’s important for me to check myself, too. What am I putting out in the world, particularly on social media or even this blog? Am I adding in a positive, useful way to public discourse or am I doing exactly what I have been complaining about; sharing negativity?
So I took a few minutes and scanned my Facebook timeline. I asked myself ‘What would someone who didn’t know me come away from my page thinking? What kind of person am I presenting myself to be?”
Someone who didn’t know me would think I like to eat a lot and I really like cats. (Ha Ha!)
And truthfully, I also saw a few posts I’d like to take back.
So I am going to continue to add love and subtract “yuck” from my social media. Equally, I am going to do my part to only add love, or at the very least funny, to yours.
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