This pandemic has brought out the nastiest side of people and quite frankly, I’m appalled at the things people are saying and doing.
What happened to not saying anything if you don’t have something nice to say? What happened to spreading kindness and joy and love?
I’m challenging all of you, myself included, to state what you are thankful for, what you are grateful for, at the end of each day. What made it a good day? What could you have done to make it better? What could you have done to make someone else’s day better?
I’m also challenging you to think before you hit post on social media.
Is what I’m about to post entertaining? Interesting? Humorous? Uplifting? Lighthearted? Informational? It is the correct information? Will it have a positive impact on others?
If the answer is no and you’re just trying to let off some steam, call your mom or best friend instead of sharing publicly with the social media world or taking it out on others.
Social media is somewhat of a personal journal, but why use it to vocalize or remember every little thing that went wrong in life?
Stop spreading so much negativity. Quit complaining. Call someone or write in a journal about the bad restaurant experience you had, the bad weather that ruined your mood or the rude guy at the grocery store.
What good does it do to moan on Facebook about things out of your control? Why not take that negativity and turn it around?
Instead of trying to bring other people down with you because you’re having a bad day, try to turn your own day around or make someone else’s day better.
Give some compliments. Do something you enjoy. Reflect on the things you are lucky to have. Unplug and unwind and then decide, is it really worth posting about? Is it really worth saying? Is it really that big of a deal that my day can’t go on?
The fighting, blaming, complaining, finger-pointing… It has to stop. We are so privileged and it’s sick how we’ve let that get to us. We’ve confused inconvenience with oppression. We’re sharing false information without even researching it first.
We’re arguing how our opinions are correct and everyone else’s opinions are wrong, one self-centered comment after another. We’ve forgotten what respect is, compassion, empathy, sympathy. We’ve become warriors behind the keyboard when there is so much good we could be doing instead.
Social media can be a good thing. But during such a time as this, I have mostly seen the bad. Let’s change that. Let’s challenge ourselves and others to do better. Let’s go back to being good people who do good things.