This afternoon I followed a link from a tweet about what we put on social media. By the time I had read it I was feeling thoroughly disheartened.
It was about 5 questions to ask before you tweet.
1. Am I seeking approval? Probably, yes.
2. Am I boasting? Sometimes, yes.
3. Am I discontent i.e. envious of others? No, not usually.
4. Do I really need to share this special moment? I have been known to take photos for the purpose of Facebooking them rather than living in the moment.
5. Is it kind? A sore point at the moment after being told off for something considered unkind.
Instant reaction was to immediately condemn myself and decide to give up facebook. But I stopped and went through my old posts. In most of them the only person I am making fun of is myself so that's all right - or is it? We all know that what I'm really doing is trying to show myself in a good light, as someone who's not really stupid but fun and intelligent enough to be aware and write creatively enough to amuse and make people like me. So it's back to question 1.
But does it really matter? Don't we all want approval? No, actually I don't think Husband cares what others think of him. He is confident and happy enough in himself to not care. And I know I shouldn't care or do things in an effort to make people like/approve of me, but I do.