i’Dea

canstockphoto15950125We live in a world where everyone seems to have something to say. We see it across the internet from Facebook to Twitter and on every site with a comment page. But sometimes, what needs to be said, or what we want to say, requires a little more thought, a little more patience, and a little more fine-tuning. That’s where this little site comes in. It’s a start of something different.

Let me back up a little. I have spent the last week or two reducing the amount of time I spend on social media. This has not been an easy task. It turns out, everything is connected to social media. From television shows and commercials broadcasting hashtags and tweets, to nearly every website asking us to “share this with friends”. I am not against this. I think it’s a great way to share things.

When it comes to deeper reflections and really communicating our thoughts to people, it tends to get lost in the status shuffle. For example, you can post a serious or thought provoking statement and get very little–if any–reaction. Just a few minutes later, you can repost a silly meme and within seconds have several likes, shares, and comments. This would be okay with me if we all used to to brighten someone’s day with laughter.

Lately however, it has become mostly a place for people to put down others. It has become toxic, a place where people are vile and spew verbal diarrhea hiding safely behind their smartphone or computer screens. It’s perfect. Get online, act like a jerk, have absolutely no basis for your argument, and sit angrily stewing at those who don’t seem to understand how awesome you are. Don’t worry, I’m not singling anyone out. I am talking to myself too.

I love sharing pictures with with people. I love celebrating life accomplishments, sharing experiences with friends and families far away, and exchanging ideas with people of different backgrounds. But enough is enough. I’ve challenged myself to only log into social media once per day and try to fill my time with other things. Admittedly, I haven’t been as diligent as I should have been, but I have changed some of my browsing habits.

I decided that I needed a place to write down and share my thoughts and discoveries without the distraction of a click-bait post waiting to lure me into some endless list of things like “The Best Foods to Eat While in a Headlock”.

This is a place to share things I’ve learned and experiences I have had to maybe lift you up and encourage you on your own life journey. I don’t expect a million readers to like and share my posts. But if I am able to reach out to one person and make a difference, then it was worth my time.

To start, since you have been kind enough to read this far, I challenge you to reduce your social media exposure. Set a limit to times you check your newsfeed. In the few times I have done this, I have discovered the time for things I always claimed I didn’t have time for before. If you do take on this challenge or have quit social media completely, I would love to hear your story in the comments.