This book found its way to you quite naturally, I believe. It speaks of dreams and hopes and as you say, words we really need right now. So appreciate your open, sweet spirit that I have felt across the miles though I haven't met you in person. Honored to know you :)
Our "meeting" was all very natural, the best kind! Thanks for being here.
Well said my dear. I have had the same feelings about Facebook. Months ago I withdrew because like you...I loved the images and the creativity and thoughts from my family and friends. But as we know that all stopped in 2016 with all the fake news and when the election was no longer the typical politics over liberals vs. conservative values. That's why I joined in with the creatives of Instagram. Yes, every once in a while the political world shows up there, but I feel more in control to stop following someone there than I do in Facebook. I have unfollowed family and friends in Facebook and it makes my heart heavy because I'm finding out that perhaps I really didn't know the core values of that person after all. Keep up the good fight…it’s going to be a long battle. Thank you for a beautiful, from the heart post.
Thanks for your words and encouragement, I know that you relate to how personal each of our blog posts are and the hesitation when hitting the publish button. I still find myself hoping to not hurt feelings but from fb I've learned that we all act, react, work and play in different ways and they're all okay. I want to remain an informed citizen and keep learning how to not be offended by so much that gets thrown out there, maybe someday soon I can enjoy Instagram ... xo
Susan, I like what you've shared here, thank you for your frankness. I had to smile when imagining the "big ass elephant in the room". Ignoring it is sometimes the best strategy of all! :) I may have a different "problem" with Facebook than you have but I definitely dislike the media at the moment. I know that many of my virtual American friends are disappointed with the results of the presidential election and I can understand why but I wish they didn't vent their disappointment by pointing out everything Mr Trump decides and they don't agree with. Firstly, there are also other opinions which I'd like to hear and secondly, instead of sharing the positive they share just the negative, which hurts. Politics is part of our lives and values we keep in our hearts are worthy of fighting for but if love turns into bitterness, something is wrong. Sending my love.
thanks, Petra, for coming by and sharing ... if it left you with a smile that makes me happy!
Sometimes "friends" will disappoint you with their thoughts and opinions about political situation. Okay, all is in the game of life.You are always You. Amazing person, and i love you!
and I love you, too ... your thoughts and your friendship mean so much to me. xo
Insightful post. I agree with you re Facebook. It drains the energy from my body like nothing on earth. I have actually joined instagram, where - even if it shows only that - the positivity is paramount. I find so much negativity on facebook, and if I voice my opinion, there is someone waiting to respond within .4 of a second, and I wish I hadn't said anything. It silences you in many respects. Focus on what you want, not what you don't want... is the saying of the moment... Love your post.xo
Exactly, we should not be afraid to voice or share what we want to but you do take a big chance of being attacked right away, like some are just waiting in the dark corners to bounce. I'm not going to forget that this is my favorite place and how much I care about the special friends who choose to connect here ... thank you for being one of them.
You're a treasure, Susan!
what a deeply said post. For so many reasons I try not to post my personal politics. I do believe we all have a right to our own opinions. The problem is that there is a very dark force trying to shut down this right of equality, freedom of speech and ability to live free. I tend to be 'glass half full' and need to try to see the good in people. Facebook has become a war zone with deeply divided sides and full of misinformed voices. People posting lengthy monologues aren't doing so to debate the facts with an open mind and heart. Debate is part of a working democracy, and sadly we are seeing this attacked from within our borders.
I totally understand because I have always been quiet about religious and political thoughts but now I was starting to feel like I was hiding my true self and didn't want to be misunderstood. Like so many of us realize it is not a normal election and to feel good about myself I've decided I need to own it. I will never be more vocal than this and since it is my space I wrote this post with ease but thought a minute before sharing. Thank you always for being a part of it all.
Susan, my friend, thank you for sharing this. I have become rather ambivalent about Facebook. On the one hand I am disgusted by many posts and reactions there, on the other hand I can't stay away. I am voicing my opinion much more than I used to do just because I think too much is at stake. If someone insults others, no matter what side that person is on - I don't like it. It hurts me when "my side" does pretty much like the "other side" behaves. It's disgraceful. However, is we stick to the facts and don't get personal, a good discussion is still possible - at least I hope so. If my factual opinion offends someone - that's not my problem. However, if I had it voiced in a very emotional, unrational way then it IS my problem.I still need a lot of courage to voice my opinion on Facebook (and elsewhere) and then not be offended by hateful reactions. I need to grow a much tougher skin because this current situation is much too important for me.Sorry for the long rant... I am confident that you understand what I am trying to say. (and by the way, I have been on Instagram since last fall and I love it)
I don't mind a well voiced rant coming from a good place and I know well your passion right now. This is not an easy time for most of us. I'm going to keep with fb for now and look for the inspiring, fun and interesting stuff. I keep hearing only great things about Instagram and will join you all there as soon as I can.Thanks for being a special part of my world.
Your last paragraph is how I feel. Actually, your whole post is how I feel. Only you are much more eloquent. I still cannot put it into words ~ written or verbal. Once Peter died, I stopped watching nightly news. I still mourn him. Your are fortunate to have this beautiful work of art land in your home.