Thursday, June 16, 2016
Always Stay Humble & Kind.
If you're a country music fan then you've heard those lyrics before, if you aren't a country music fan; it's from Tim McGraw's Humble and Kind. My heart is so heavy right now with all the negativity in this world. I try hard to surround myself with people who only lift me up, believe in me, inspire me and mirror the kind of person I hope I am. Not only the kind of person I hope I am but also the kind of person I want as a role model for my son. It's hard enough to live in this world and raise kids these days so I am a true believer in having the right kind of people in our lives as opposed to many people in our lives. Quality over quantity.
Then you add in social media and I feel like this is where it's harder to surround myself with only positive people because social media platforms give people a place to speak their minds and say things they usually wouldn't because they have a safety net around them. It's easy to sit behind a screen and type away things that you feel in the moment instead of walking away and giving it some thought and deciding it's really not a big deal after all. There is a part of me that HATES Facebook, especially. I've thought about deleting it several times but I do have family out of state whom I keep up with via Facebook and I want to be able to share with them all life's happy moments. I also use Facebook as a resource for my blog, so there's that, too. And I hope that the people on my Facebook page can find some inspiration through the things I share and my blog.
Facebook especially has become such a negative place where people are real quick to voice their thoughts and beliefs and if someone else doesn't agree then they can verbally attack them. But then there's this side of it, too. Just because you believe something doesn't mean you should be shoving it down other people's throats to believe what you believe in, too.
Generally speaking, I don't talk about politics and my opinion on world tragedies on social media because I am just as accountable for what I put out here on the web as I am for the things I say. I feel like people tend to forget their accountability when it comes to social media, Facebook especially. In times like these you see people's true colors come out and it's an eye opener. There are people who have shown a side of themselves that has shocked and disappointed me. It hurts my heart.
What's going on in this world isn't a weapons problem. It's a heart problem. I'm trying my best to not let this cruel world make me have a cold heart and I'm trying to raise a member of society who can and will speak his voice but also who shows respect and who always stays humble and kind. Someone who isn't so narrow minded that he can only see his own beliefs and views. Someone who knows when to stop talking and listen to others beliefs and views, too. That's what the world needs now. The world needs to know when to sit down and listen. When to show respect. And that we can agree to disagree without fighting. No one can make you change your views so hold on to them tight but stop and listen to others.
Before you share something on social media think about every person on your friend's list and ask yourself will sharing this hurt them? If the answer is yes to even one person you care about then you shouldn't be sharing it. How would you feel if your kids read what you were sharing? If their friends read it? Is it something you can back with facts? Not just your opinion. Before you press the post button, pause for a minute and let what you've typed really sink in with you. You may find that just typing it out is enough and that sharing it isn't necessary. If, after that minute you still feel the need to share then go for it but remember, you are just as accountable for what you say on social media as you are for what you say in real life.
"Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart." Luke 6:45