Let’s Talk

Am I alone in my complete exasperation with social media? It has become a battleground full of anger, hatred, and vulgarity, and a convenient hiding place for bullies who spew nothing but hate. This certainly hasn’t happened overnight, and there is plenty of blame to be spread around when we see how far we had slithered into the gutter. But instead of pointing fingers and shaming the “other side”, perhaps it’s time to look in the mirror.

After taking a social media hiatus during Lent, I discovered I didn’t miss it as much as I expected I would. Still, it was tempting to jump back into the fray after Easter. Nothing had changed — except for me, and my willingness to join in the chatter.

Even though I have friends and family members who have decided to leave social media, I have decided to stay. Our world needs people who are not afraid to shine light in a darkening world, and share goodness in the face of evil. We need people who will speak words of kindness and compassion, and share images that uplift rather than degrade our fellow man.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” ~ ‭James‬ ‭3:9-10‬

It’s really not that hard.

It begins with a simple decision to not share gossip or something you suspect is untrue. Keep conversations civil. Scroll past posts that tempt you to vent. There are so many wonderful pages and groups to follow — full of inspiring stories, photos, memes and even songs. Seek them out and begin sharing only things that will bless others!

Give it a try this week and discover how you can begin to change the conversation, one post or Tweet at a time. 😊

 

Welcome Summer!

It’s a quiet and balmy weekend here in northern Virginia, and it feels like summer is settling in. As promised in an earlier post, here are a few photos of our garden.

Once the rain moved out, our peonies burst into bloom and our veggie plants took off.  It is a work in progress, but it’s looking good so far. My husband is a gifted gardener, so I cannot take credit for anything that is green and growing.

Today, along with BBQ ribs, we enjoyed a salad that included fresh-picked Romaine lettuce and radishes from our garden. My mom and brother came for a visit and we watched some old home movies together. Life is good. Family time is so precious. And I am reminded that freedom is never free.

What a blessing and a privilege it is, sharing this Memorial Day with family and friends. I will never take for granted the freedoms I enjoy and the sacrifices that were made by so many brave men and women in uniform.

Enjoy your holiday, and may God continue to bless and protect our troops. 🇺🇸