I, like many of you, are watching the various world events unfold in front of our eyes. I’ve always believed that people are inherently good and that small acts of kindness can make a difference. In recent weeks, my newsfeed on Facebook has begun to make me cringe and I dread my evening “catch-up”.
- Politics, fear, and anger are so prevalent.
- One of the most noticeable changes is an “us” vs. “them” attitude and I rarely hear “we” with the intent of “we’re all in this together.”
- There are people in this world doing evil, but there are people doing good.
- There are people speaking out on issues they are passionate about and it opens the door to learning and conversation, if we are willing. One of the aspects of social media that I value is being exposed to people with different experiences from my own. There is so much to this world and every person sees it a bit differently.
Social Media Challenge? Are you up for it?
I propose to take the following steps when I’m posting and hope others will too. Could this be a beginning of a social media challenge? Won’t you join me?
- Think before posting anything and consider it’s effect.
- Does the post, link, comment, share, photo or such, add value or inform anyone?
- Does it hurt anyone?
- Would I be willing to say what’s in my post to people directly? If not, why?
- All comments will be given in a respectful manner. Once upon a time, people had conversations with different points of view. It might be time to see if that could happen again. An open mind is needed, plus hopefully an open heart.
- Check on the truthfulness of something to be shared. So often I find that if people say something persuasively, its perceived as the truth; in fact, it may be the opposite.
- Post three positive stories, photos or links to brighten someone’s day.
- Post links to places where people can make a difference through volunteering their time or resources.
I’ve been called a Pollyanna because I like to see the best in situations. With that in mind, I’m certain that social media is bound to get better soon. I believe, I hope, and I wish.
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