Darren’s come up with a Thanksgiving challenge. He suggests:
“My challenge to you is to think of an area of your life you are
having difficulty in and want to improve. For the next 21 days, take
three minutes at the end of the day and write down what about that
problematic situation you appreciate, what’s good and what you’re
grateful for. This could be a confrontational co-worker at the office,
your job as a whole or your troubled marriage… anything or anyone that
frustrates or negatively affects you.
I promise you, when you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.”
While watching 60 minutes tonight, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed by Leslie Stahl- at great length, I will add. In the next day or so Facebook will change its look, again. More content, more information. more integration into the fabric of people’s lives will become embedded into Facebook’s framework. And perhaps, a little less privacy.
What to me once was a cool place to hang out and be social …. share photos, anecdotes with friends and relatives has become somewhat an unruly cacophony of in-your face commercialism laced with a lack of privacy.
I’ve been thinking about it (how I really feel about Facebook) a long time. I know I’m probably now being thought of as anti-social, which is not the case at all. I just don’t like being SOLD all the time. I don’t play Farmville. I don’t send little green plants, I don’t “like” a lot of things because my account there got hacked once, so I’m pretty careful about what I click on. It’s a hassle I don’t need often times. I don’t have a “fan” page, and I don’t click on stuff that allows access to my personal information. Yes, I’m kind of a contrarian sometimes. And I have also been known to be a forward thinker, a thought leader, and a person who definitely likes to do her own thing.
While I do engage in social networking, that includes Facebook, Twitter etc… I do have a lot of “friends”. Many I haven’t ever met! (friends of friends) I use FB to say Hi once in a while, and share some laughs, experiences. I don’t use it as a platform to foster sycophants, brag, boast, beg for attention. I just am who I am.
I am thankful that I’m comfortable enough in my own skin that I have the courage to be who I am and state how I feel on a given topic. I’m comfortable with my need for privacy. Like I don’t state what I eat for breakfast and where. And I don’t care what Ashton Kucher eats for breakfast either. Like who cares???
I am thankful for this Thanksgiving challenge because it’s enabling be to peel away layers of topics that perplex sometimes and the unfolding opportunity to express my challenges with them and the abounding thankfulness I feel when I peer deeply into them.
Like Jim Rohn kept saying in one of his inspiring speeches, “Walk AWAY from the time wasters!”