Unlike me, Dean did not delete his Facebook account. He even gave me the password to it so I can check it now and then to see if my niece Melissa has posted new photos of her little man on it. I did and she has. As I scrolled through the page I remembered why I had to leave that lovely little social networking site. In minutes I read about 1) stupid people and idiots 2)Abercrombie and something about them not wanting ugly people representing their line of clothes 3) How Obama and the liberals are doing things that should really TERRIFY me 4)How good people are the most wealthy 5)How God blesses me but not you…should I go on.
I understand that I filter everything through my own worldview and as a result I’m one who also filters life through the emotions…I’m considered an HSP – Highly Sensitive Person. Ya think? Fortunately though, I also have a brain and as my brain filtered the posts I saw, all I could think was, wow, it’s been SO NICE to be IN my life here, in touch with people I genuinely care about and not feel the need to even comment on the things that I find just ridiculous. What’s really great is that the next time I see most of those who post things like I mention here, they won’t ever SAY A THING like they are willing to post on Facebook. I will go back into the cave of not knowing their real thoughts or intentions and can pretend that they are more like me than they really are. We can be civil to each other. In some cases we can choose a difficult topic, dialog about it and end as friends, both having learned from each other.
I planned to create a new page in the fall where I can be much more careful about who I accept as a friend so that it can be a fun place to stay in touch with people. BUT I’m rethinking that today. I’m wondering how much I spoke up about things and engaged in conversations I would never have had the courage to do in a face to face situation when I posted on Facebook. This morning I feel a bit like someone threw up on me and it’s been really great to be away from that for awhile. I’m betting I “threw up” on some others and they likely aren’t missing me that much either.