Social Media vs. What We Need Most

Social Media vs. What We Need Most

I finally figured it out!

In our fast-paced world where billions of dollars are invested in finding ways to attract our attention, we succumb to the temptation of reaction versus proaction.

When I open Facebook, I’m not actively stepping out with conscious thought or plan. I’m scrolling, refreshing, liking, ignoring, clicking and reading, getting bored, refreshing again, and on and on and on.

I can spend hours in mind-numbing reactive mode.

Life, however, requires that we be proactive if we’re to move forward, make an impact, feel significant in some way or other.

Reactive is easy, and unproductive, a cunning trap that robs us of what we need most: Purpose.

Proactive takes work and thought, but the potential is great.

When the Bough Breaks

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  • Patricia Anne Elford

    I would have commented sooner, but I had SO many emails and FB responses with which to deal that I couldn’t seem to find the time! Just kidding, while acknowledging some of your truths.
    ! I agree with much of what you have said. Yesterday, I actually used the “no thank-you” button for no longer receiving several newsletters, some of which I never requested in the first place, to reduce the clogging, and deleted all previous emails, some of which I’d never actually read.
    Before I throw out FB as a whole, reflecting on it in the light of your post, though in many cases I’m merely acknowledging receipt, there are other posts that prompt more than a reflex click. They start my grey matter functioning in areas that have lain dormant. Out of that response come new ideas and feelings of my own, that set me on various paths of writing, submitting, and other personal and interpersonal actions. The initial response may be simply a click on an image, but in the longer term, the post received is grist at least for my own thinking.
    You, Bobbi, for example, seem to gather unusual material from a huge spectrum of sources. I, personally, benefit from your divergent thinking, your journeys to sites I’ve never heard of, let alone visited. Your squandered (?) time, has saved ME time while giving my brain wider exposure and stimulation. If you are deciding to cut back, I understand and thank you for the past gifts.
    At the same time, FB and emails as stimuli must be balanced and handled through our self-discipline. I, for one, should never approach FB or emails, first thing in the morning, if I expect to attain most of a busy day’s goals. When in the throes of some misfortune, it can provide temporary respite (a step into a different world, as do BOOKS), perhaps, but we, not IT, must be in control. To me, that is the challenge.

    • Bobbi Junior

      So you’re saying we need (gasp) balance?? What a concept! I too have a friend, Helen, who posts fascinating sites. When they stir my grey matter, I share them, and you probably benefit from those. As you say, we, not IT, must be in control. Conscious living is the key.