In a social media world of glam, glitz and glitter, we've been seduced into chasing the dragon of "likes" and other forms of attention. In this world the best version of ourselves is defined by photoshop instead of character and originality. We're consumed with quantifying the attention we get and we've forgotten who we are and why we're here.
We're fooled into believing life is about visual perfection, correcting our flaws with a key stroke. And in the process, we've lost our sense of self worth and dignity. We're faking our way for false praise - like running east looking for a sunset.
Life isn't about perfection or attention. Life isn't always pretty or easy. Often, life can be ugly and painful. You may not get the promotion, the house, or the spouse you wanted. You may no longer look like the Cover Girl or GQ's Man of the Year. It may not be the most glamorous life... but it's your life, and it's up to you to make the most of it.
The Immediate Real
Life is about being your authentic self. It's about originality, caring for others and giving back. It's about showing up as you are, with flaws and all. This is the immediate real.
Social Media Detox
If you find yourself caught up in the currents of social media hype, these three things will help you break free:
Pay Attention to Acts of Kindness
When you're out and about look and listen for acts of kindness. This helps you focus more on the good, the clean, the pure and the positive. And what you focus on, you feel.
Create a Gratitude List
Develop a list of names with contact info of anyone who has been kind to you. Then reach out to those people in some way. Let them know how much you appreciate what they've done for you. A hand written note will make their day. If it's worth saying, it's worth even more in writing.
"People don't care how much you know,
until they know how much you care... about them."
~ Zig Ziglar
Find ways to volunteer and give back to your community. Discover where there's a need (there's always a need). If there's a fit with your talents and passions, volunteer some time. It's amazing how others will respond... and how you will feel when you volunteer.
Pay attention to acts of kindness, create a gratitude list, and give back. These things lead to a collection of values whose worth is so inherent no outside applause is necessary.
To breaking free...