Are you craving non-political, non-outrageous social media postings? You’re not alone. The past couple of weeks have been exhausting!
One of my co-workers posted this the other day: “I've done a lot of unfollowing lately. Please bring back the posts of what you are having for dinner.” I get what she’s saying: I want a simpler time, a happier time, a more carefree and “normal” life.
Okay, news flash. That ain’t happening anytime soon, so fasten your seatbelts ‘cause we’re in for a bumpy ride. For better or worse what we see before us is our current “normal.” Personally I’m not willing to perpetuate that if I can help it.
I remembered four questions to ask ourselves before we post that juicy tidbit. You know, the one that bitch-slaps our current most hated and despised individual, which could be Kellyanne Conley for some of you and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for others.
These suggestions are called “The Work,” and come from Byron Katie in her book, “I Need Your Love – I That True?" For any possible posting (and also for any problem or situation in your life), ask:
- Is it true? – Or is it just supporting our biases, prejudice and unresolved hatred for someone or another ideology.
- Can I absolutely know that it’s true? – That means vet before we post, not just because what we’re reading agrees with our own beliefs.
- How do I react when I think that thought? – In other words, how do we react internally to question #2? Do we get defensive? If we do then we just might be defending our own ignorance and refusal to see the truth.
- Who would I be without that thought? – Does posting this idea or report benefit us personally and make the world a better place? Or, to put it another way, are we informing others from truthful information (to the best of our knowledge) to encourage them to take positive action for change; or, are we just gossiping about shit which means we’d rather bitch about others than actually do something that makes a difference?
We’ll probably still post things we haven’t checked out thoroughly, or wish we hadn’t stirred up a hornet’s nest. But taking these four very simple, but important, questions into mind in posting – as well as in our lives in general – just might allow us to sleep a bit sounder at night. Believe me; the people who are making the news would be delighted to know they’ve interrupted your slumber. Don’t give them that power.
In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
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