In hopes that this blog becomes something bigger and better, my husband reminded me that I might have to have a presence in social media again. Bleh.
When I got pregnant the first time, I was also trying to earn my masters and taking on a new role at work. I was also refreshing my Facebook feed like it was my job.
I found that so many times, I ended a scroll session thinking, they take better trips, she's thinner, they make that for dinner? And then I came across a quotation that resonated with me (while I was on Pinterest, another form of social media. Don't judge): Comparison is the thief of joy.
And it was. Every time I envied someone else's home, vacations, wardrobe, etc. I was ignoring another quotation I like: right now, someone is praying for what you already have.
So I took a look at my intelligent husband, our beautiful home and my growing belly and I unplugged.
Now that I'm considering jumping back in, I'm asking myself, how will this time be different? Well, I found another-wait for it-quotation to help me keep my priorities straight. My new mantra is "you should only look in your neighbor's bowl to make sure he has enough." Game changer. Of course, like all beautiful ideas, this one is easy to like, hard to live.
Yet, if we go back to the roots of why we as humans got social in the first place I imagine protection, provision and the sheer joy of not being alone were huge factors. So, this round, I hope to use social media not to prove what I have or do but to make sure that everyone around is getting what they need, be it love, recognition or support. Feel free to 'like.' 🙂
P.S. Written while bouncing, rocking and walking a baby. Why don't these things sleep?!?