In the past few months, I have noticed that more and more of the information and posts that are making their way onto my screen would classify as 'processed' information - someone else's commentary. I also noticed that many of the posts on my social media are negative, unkind or simply false. So I started wondering... What if I did a 'fast' for my mind and my heart: eliminating political commentary, negativity, and unkindness. Would I feel as good as I did after my food fast...?
So for February, I am participating in a 28-day Reset - for my mind. During the reset, I will be focusing on four main topics:
1. Detox Your Mind: Let's identify toxic thoughts and attitudes.
2. Let Go Of Negativity: Let's talk about how we release the negative to make room for the positive.
3. Practice Gratefulness: How would our outlook shift if we chose to respond to life with a grateful attitude?
4. Expect Positive Outcomes: Risky, right? (who wants to be disappointed?!) What if we started expecting and looking for the positive outcomes - even when we have to dig really deep?
So that's where we are headed. You coming?
If you're interested in my 'manifesto' here it is:
"So... here we go. For the month of February I am declaring myself 'media-free'. A diet, if you will, from all of the 'fillers' and franken-information that permeates every corner of the internet.
For the next month, I pledge to stick to expressing myself through my blog (Real Life: Faith, Food & Homesteading and rosalynpricenglish.com). I will be keeping up with my work responsibilities, as my Price English Marketing Group clients are amazing folks and deserve the best of my passion and creativity.
I'll answer facebook private messages, emails and texts - but not personal facebook comments or posts. I am looking forward to connecting with my friends one on one, in a smaller environment.
I'll be 'fasting' from media outlets - because quite frankly, I'm tired of my energy and passion being considered a commodity to be collected for someone else's profit. I'm tired from having to sort through the hate and the fear and the lies to find the kernels of truth. (I feel like the media has become the 'junk food' I am working so hard to keep out of my body, WHY would I allow it to poison my mind and my heart?....)
I have SO MANY amazing folks, who I love, that are either being systematically trashed online, or, are lashing out in ways I've never dreamed I'd see. My heart is sad and shocked to watch the degradation of our friendly online communities as we take the bait that the media offers and tear into each other's private lives and beliefs.
Friends, I have absolutely no opinion on your politics, your religion, your personal proclivities and your causes. What I *do* care about is YOU - my friend. I want to know about your favorite coffee, your funny pet pictures, your kids, your grandkids, your birthday and your favorite books and your least favorite movies. Maybe that's not deep enough, I don't know. But I love you. And I don't want to see this side of you anymore. I believe you are more than that and I need to take a deep breath and connect with you one on one again.
Sorry this is so long. I'll leave you with one more thought. What would happen if EVERYONE took a vow to go an entire month of only posting positive, beautiful, upbeat and loving activity on social media?... What would our lives look like if the media outlets saw a huge decline in readership and thus advertising, as consumers insisted on un-biased reporting and news? I'm just wondering. It's just a thought.
Be well, dear friends.