So I came to the realization a day or two ago that Facebook was a black hole, or at least it could be. I let it become that: an endless distraction. A ranting place. A big marketplace where some of us search for meaning or approval.
One day after spending my lunch hour outside, with the trees, and the narrative inside me... I decided I'd had enough. What a time waster, let it go, just write the book! Finish the book! And I did let it go... it didn't last very long. I enjoyed my FB Page, and what I share there, and knew that people from countries all over the earth check in and read and share things that I post. I wanted to keep that. So I set up a dummy account and made that account administrator. And that would be it.
I saw that FB friends were finding me with that new account. Where did I go? What happened? Was it something they did?
It wasn't you! So today I realized that sometimes, despite what we think or feel about how we interact, that we do make an impact. Not just talking about social media here, zoom out. Yes, more allegory, if I may.
What I mean is... we have value. It's not about validation or acceptance or seeking attention all the time. It's realizing that just being who you are, authentically, is a gift. To the rest of us. Beyond FB, Instagram, and all the rest, it is enough to just know and be yourself. Beautiful, flawed, authentic you. Because guess what? We're all flawed. We're all beautiful.
Be you and find out what other wonderful people get it, because they will. Do not filter yourself or adapt your being to suit an expectation; the only person you will trick is yourself. And it's tragic to lose oneself.
All that said... simplifying and cleaning up can shift your focus back inward. Get rid of clutter and get back your focus and inspiration. It is that simple. We spend too much precious time and energy thinking and worrying about things, rather than just waking up, smiling, counting our blessings, and being loving peaceful folks who just want others to be happy too.
It's all a journey. Step forward, step back, cha-cha-cha. But always learn, always stand up, always be ready for what's next. And note to self: FINISH IT! Just write.