By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN
Be the change you want to see in the world — Gandhi
We are only a few days into the new year and I’m feeling weary. The temporary respite of the political bickering, name calling and finger pointing is at an end. What happened to the declaration and feelings of
PEACE ON EARTH GOOD WILL TOWARD ALL?
I know spending time on social media is not helping. One person declares that his position is right and honorable, while another declares the same about her opposite position. How surprised I am to be so actively involved in arguments and bickering between so many people even though I live alone. It’s not like the good old days when I could simply go into another room when my children were “going at it” with each other.
Amazingly, I continue to choose to read these posts. I open my Facebook page to connect with the wider world and discover what’s going on! Whew. What I discover leaves me feeling upset and disheartened.
I deicide that I’m just not going to engage.
That doesn’t help though because now I’m missing all the moments of laughter and joy while seeing pictures, stories and announcements that delight. These treasures are buried among the terrible grumblings and demands that this person disagrees with a certain politician, don’t I agree?
My new resolve is to respond differently, whether this is simply a private thought or an actually written comment I publicly share. I’m going to ask myself these questions:
- What am I doing to contribute to the problem?
- What am I doing to contribute to the solution?
- Can I do anything to tolerate, honor and respect other people’s alternative belief and position?
- Can I do anything to help people tolerate, honor and respect other people’s alternative belief and position?
Ah, this feels better.
And I can always choose to disconnect or hide a post I simply do not want to read.
Such simple actions to improve my Mental Health & Happiness today.