Making Social Media Peacefully Work for You

Linda Lauren

There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to read everything one is supposed to read to be more effective in their jobs and day-to-day living. We are hit with social media reading material, posts, memes, articles, blogs and news around the clock. There is no breathing room, or break from it. The expression “need to know” no longer applies and the more inundated we are by this myriad of letters sent our way to form words, the more stress we take into our lives. When does it end?

We are living in a time where people do not seem content to be a part of the positive aspects of life. Rather, the unfortunate trend seems to be all about hate. Hate is a big bully, and the haters are even bigger bullies. If you don’t think you fit that label, then ask the following questions:

  1. Do you endorse by way of clicking LIKE or posting comment on something that does not serve to move your life positively forward?
  2. Is what you are about to become involved in on social media really important or valuable enough to waste time on, or to share with others?
  3. What exactly are you reading and commenting on all day and why?
    If you are commenting with anger or conflict (especially political and/or religious debate), then you are not perpetuating anything that is helpful to your own peace or that of anyone else.

I am sure you have answers for all of these, but I am just as sure that most of those answers are justifications designed to make you feel better about your choices. That’s not enough. We need to realize that when we click on links and make comments, we are endorsing them and people will identify us with those choices. Make sure you choose wisely and with a tone of the fairness of both sides. If you can’t, then scroll passed what irks you and move to something positive.

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