In today’s world, I understand the power and value of social media, and everyone’s need to be heard. However, I’m regularly surprised, and periodically cringe at what people are willing to say publicly. I refrain from judgment, certainly understand, and relate to the trials and tribulations in today’s world. However, I think it’s critical that we engage in some level of self awareness and self control regarding what we’re putting out there for everyone to read. I’ve seen everything from people blasting an acquaintance before “unfriending” them, ridiculing their ex’s, complaining about their horrible jobs/bosses, and political rants even going so far as to compare Obama to Hitler. These are just a few drastic expressions that reflect more negatively on the person posting them, then the people being insulted. I commonly wonder if the people posting these things have any idea of the message they’re sending and what these destructive posts really say about them? In an age where employers, landlords, and creditors are just a few types of people checking your social media accounts before making major decisions that affect your life, you may want to think twice before posting your rant.
If you’re posts have become more of a therapy session then a place to share happy memories, positive thoughts or important information with your loved ones, then social media is not the format for that kind of personal release. Perhaps it ‘s time to look at where this anger is stemming from. Is there a deeper source to your anger/pain that needs to be addressed? If so, perhaps using the dry erase board in my office to “post” your thoughts, then processing them out and erasing them is the more responsible route to take. You will walk away knowing you’re safe from any personal or professional judgement and/or starting any FB wars that could affect your life if the wrong person is reading. Let the positivity and clarity that shines through after working through your pain be the legacy you leave for others to read about and admire.
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