Me in the Middle ~ Choose Kindness

 

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Social Media is becoming a real threat to choosing kindness.  Unless you choose wisely we can find ourselves drawn into the nasty ugly side of social media.  I’ve done a pretty good job of steering clear of hot-button issues that draw out the mean-spirited ugly side of human nature.  Just recently I had a lapse of common sense and decided to weigh in on a viral video.  I was immediately reminded of all the reasons why it’s best to choose kindness when it comes to social media.  Next time I see Facebook friends jumping on the bandwagon of a viral video I’ll choose kindness and scroll on by. 

” “I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing,” ..

(Covington Catholic High School Student)  

Best video I’ve seen on this.

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Sometimes when making a commitment to choose kindness, especially during these tense political times, we can be perceived negatively.  Choosing kindness is seen as a cop out from joining the fray in both personal misunderstandings and political misunderstandings…….  Kindness and setting healthy boundaries can be seen as being weak or ‘passive-aggressive’ instead being seen as an attempt to show tact and diplomacy while standing up for your opinions.  I’ve decided not to be swayed from my choice not to join the fray and instead to choose kindness.   Others will choose to see you in a certain way no matter how you present yourself.  Choosing to be kind over needing to be right takes a self-acceptance and an ability to let go of control.  Choosing to be kind over needing to be right recognizes when there’s no longer an openness and respect for differing opinions.  Choosing kindness really requires a maturity and strength.

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“Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing ~

Then I pray don’t take me soon cause I’m here for a reason.”

Spread Kindness ~ It’s not about win or lose

“i want to be so kind it echoes backwards in time and undoes the things that hurt you.  i want to be so kind it radiates from me.  i want to be so kind that i make someone else find faith in humanity again.   There’s not much i can do,  i’m small and weak and i only know so many words. but i know i can be kind. and sometimes, i believe, that changes the world.”

~ inkskinned ~

Me in the Middle of Facebook

 

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Facebook “likes” can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of – and which Facebook may have enabled.

The social network is under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.” ~ Associated Press

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I’m hanging in there with Facebook.  It’s the only social media that I consistently use and that I believe provides the best connection to a lot of information.  Bottom line, the user has a choice in what they read and what they believe.  It falls on us to be responsible enough to do our research to the best that’s available to us.   What more can we do?

Below are a few of the articles I read so that I could remain informed about how all this is developing.  I’ll give Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg the benefit of the doubt in that what had started out as a fun adventure with Facebook friends has become much more than any of us ever could have imagined.  I’m hoping they prove me right by adapting with integrity to every new development along the way.

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Facebook is not the problem. Lax Privacy Rules are.

 

 

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Me in the Middle of 2017 Roundup

Out with the Old and in with the New!  Here’s a wrap-up of 12 of my posts from 2017.  Hope you enjoy!!

January 2017

Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

(23 Likes, 4 Shares and 13 Comments)

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February 2017

Me in the Middle of Pulling the Plug on Cable

(22 Likes, 18 Shares and 12 Comments)

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March 2017

Me in the Middle of Ireland

(25 Likes, 6 Shares, 6 Comments)

A Guinness A Day Oct 1

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April 2017

Me in the Middle of ReBlogging Faith

(13 Likes, 2 Shares and 8 Comments)

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May 2017

Me in the Middle of Self Acceptance

(20 Likes, 5 Shares and 31 Comments)

Joanne Sharpe's Class 1

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June 2017

Me in the Middle of Kindness Role Model

(  21 Likes,   6 Shares,    15 Comments)

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July 2017

Me in the Middle of Order, Disorder and Reorder

(13 likes, 29 Shares and 7 Comments)

Order

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August 2017

Me in the Middle of ETSY.com

(8 Likes)

Christmas Roses #2

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September 2017

Me in the Middle of 9/11 Poem

( 8 Likes and 2 comments)

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October 2017

Me in the Middle of Leadership Part I

(10 Likes and 5 Shares)

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November 2017

Me in the Middle of Creative Writing ~ Undertow

(12 Likes, 4 Shares)

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December 2017

Me in the Middle Holding Space for My Country

(13 Likes, 27 Shares and 7 Comments)

Holding Space #2

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Reach, 2018, Sun, Jump, Year, Calendar

Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

I’m trying!  I really am!

My niece introduced me to Snapchat at a family get-together and I got to go on a Snapchat visit when she snapped this pic of me and my sister.  I love it!!  I even cropped the picture to use as my profile pic on Facebook.  And I know it was the first and last visit to Snapchat that I’ll ever make.  🙂

I’m really trying to understand social media.

It might be just a ‘January Slump’.  I’m finding myself annoyed that I’ve lost hours just scrolling through Facebook.  It seems the aftermath of Election 2016 has  slowed down the enthusiasm for Facebook.  Is it just me?  Or is there anyone else out there who’s finding less postings and interaction?  Are we getting burned out?

 I love Facebook for the connection to my sons and families.  I like it for the news feed that gives me my favorite FB Pages every day.  The fact that I can take an art journaling workshop online and connect with other artists from all over the world is amazing!  I belong to the Artists’ Journal Workshop Facebook Page and connect with 22,689 other artists.  This is all good.  

The only other social media I’m using is Blogging on WordPress.  This month I’ve got writer’s block and I’m determined to stay with my commitment of a post each week.  It’s getting tough!  I’ve been blogging for a year now and have loved this experience!  I’ve met some amazing people on WordPress and learned a lot of positive things from their posts.  What do you do when you’ve reached a slump?  Is it just because I’m moving in another direction right now?  Anyone have any suggestions for Blog Challenge Hops to fill in until I get back my groove?

I’m trying!  I really am!

This Love/Hate thing I’ve got going on with social media has got me wondering.  Am I balancing my life and using social media to serve my goals or is social media hooking me with the same addiction that watching too much TV can do?  …. Or having your nose buried in a book or newspaper can do?  Doesn’t anything become a numbing addiction if we don’t know enough to stop, look up and get out there and experience real life?

“You have a finite existence and a set number of days………………………”

Look Up