Monday, October 20, 2014

rich lives and square frames: another take on social media


Social media gets a bad wrap. It's like the head cheerleader in high school, the class clown in middle school, the teacher's pet in elementary. There's this assumption that it's always distracting us from what matters, always keeping us attached to our phones and un-engaged in real life, that it's growing a jealous, need-to-be-perfect monster inside of us. 

I understand and acknowledge there's shades of right in those opinions. But, I also disagree. 

Some days life is heavy. Like my shoulders are too thin and too scrawny -something I rarely feel- to bear the burdens. Some days I wonder if He's who I think He is, or if He's just a dream of what I want Him to be. Like my faith is waning and the mere act of something I treasure shrinking like that scares me. Some days I wish things looked different, that I worked at a high power public relations firm, that we lived in downtown anywhere and were chic, that I was chasing blond-headed children around a picture-esque yard with my own mini farm. Like this life, as it is, is boring, mundane, not worthwhile of sharing.

But then, I tap that app, I scroll. And I see richness -I see mamas and their babes pouring over library shelves, I see brides in gowns glowing in their grooms' embrace, I see chickens and pigs and puppies that are loved on and cared for. I'm thankful for those tiny windows into other lives, into moments that weren't mine to experience until now. I lavish in the captions, appreciating the greater context, knowing we're each writing our own picture book in small squares and typed words.

Then I find myself interested in my own feed. Scrolling, smiling, thankful that it's the story of Mr. Thomas and me. Realizing those little square frames hold bits of our dear life. And my smile, it says we are rich in deep and beautiful ways. It says the job title, the stamps in your passport, the size of the yard aren't important because the smiles exist, the moments are captured, the feelings perpetuated.

I find myself thankful for technology and its ability to so accurately capture the joys and the struggles, the way we get to share them, and the community that is formed. Go and scroll and love the life you've created while appreciating the diversity of our online community. Hashtags, filters, double taps aside, we all live such beautiful lives. 
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I wrote this post and then I read two posts that felt better, more involved, and certainly more beautiful, BUT dancing along the same lines as mine so I decided to offer them to you as well. Please just be so inspired by the lovely Awash with Wonder and always adorable Jaybird Blog.

17 comments:

  1. I love how you touched on scrolling back over your own feed and feeling the fullness of all that's happened over the past few years. I couldn't agree more.

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  2. Yes! I love this. I never understood how people made "rules" for posting on IG, like can't post more than once a day or all these other things -- for me, I started on IG when I was traveling in Europe and I wanted to put cool filters on my pictures and also to post the "best of the best" because I obsessively take pictures. I also have a hashtag that I use every time I travel and it's just so nice to scroll back through that hashtag when Im feeling nostalgic.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE I can't say how much I love this. You are SO right, social media has such a bad connotation along with it. But I like trying to find the beauty in anything, and it helps me capture little moments in life. Sure, our parents didn't have it and they survived, but why not utilize it when we can? Life isn't always perfect, sure. But I tend to want to celebrate it and remember it a little harder when it is.

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  4. Love this take on social media! It's absolutely true that it can be a wonderful way to capture moments and feel more connected to others!

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  5. Yes yes yes! I hate how bad of a rep social media gets, because while it can be a daunting place, it can also be a really lovely place.

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  6. Agreed. Sometimes I forget how much I've done/enjoyed/accomplished and scrolling through my own feed helps me remember that my life is full in a GOOD way.

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  7. AMBER this is just amazingggg! You are so so right. Social Media while it gets a bad rap and sure at times its best to put the phone down, more often than not if you choose to see beauty and hope and connections versus resentments and jealousy, its a beautiful beautiful thing.

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  8. I adore this post - it's so important to realize what goes on when that picture is taken, the real meaning of what is being shared with you, etc. It's the little moments :) I love how much of a community there is through it all!
    ~ Samantha

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  9. Beautifully expressed! I was actually thinking about how much I enjoy IG yesterday. I love to see the little glimpses into other's activities and lives and I love looking back on my own. It is nice to see those little bright spots :)

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  10. It's so true! I love social media. I understand where people are coming from when they diss it and how our lives are too consumed - I get it. But it also can be so beautiful and we can see the beautiful things of our lives and what God is doing and we can connect to people in a way we haven't been able to before.

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  16. Hello, My name is
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    the chief Priest of all the spell casters in India Helped me reunite my
    marriage. To cut the long story shot, after 2 years of break up with my
    Husband with no phone calls or email messages. i was so frustrated
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    when i read about Dr Keke Odin (The Chief Priest Of all the spell
    casters in India) on his website at http://greatkekespelltemple01.webs.com
    so i decided to contact him for help. to my greatest surprise, in just
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